This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
Skill Level Beginner
- [Pete] Well tell us about your latest book, it's called "Off the Clock." What's the big idea here? - [Laura] Well "Off the Clock" is about how to feel less busy while getting more done. And in essence it's about how some people who have a lot going on in their lives still have the sense of time freedom. They feel like they do have time for the things they want to do. They feel like time is expansive, that it's not slipping away from them, that it feels good. And so I wanted to learn these people's secrets, you know what are they doing with their lives, what are they doing with their hours, and what can the rest of us learn from that. - [Pete] That's so fascinating. And so you use the term a lot "time perception." Can you sort of define that in terms of how you think about it, what it looks, sounds, feels like, as well as how you defined it precisely in your research? - [Laura] So time perception is just what it sounds like, how we perceive time. And time obviously keeps moving along at the same rate regardless 24 hours a day, 168 hours a week, but you think about different times of our life feel very different. Maybe like a week of summer camp when you were 12 felt very, very long, whereas for most people as adults this past week probably didn't feel that big. You may have very few memories of the past week of what makes it stand out for you more than anything else. But it's also about you know whether you feel you have the time for the things that you want to do, like whether you feel in control of your time, whether you feel present or distracted, whether you simultaneously feel like time is rushing by too quickly at times, and then also you spend a lot of time wishing minutes away. That's an unfortunate aspect of time perception. Many people are sitting there in a boring meeting being like "I really wish it was 11 o'clock already," time slipping from one side of the hourglass to the other and sometimes we're trying to shove it along even more quickly.