One of the purposes of my book and blog Timespiration, is to make people more conscious of different types of time. In our Western world, we associate time -most of the time – with the clock. Certainly in these moments of change, organisations and people have to work more and more efficiently and do more work in less time. There is also an enormous number of time-management courses and the books/workshops of David Allen around ‘Getting Things Done’ are a huge success. There’s nothing wrong with that evolution but I have a personal feeling that we’re reaching the limits of influencing our time management capacities.
One of the other types of time is psychological time or experience-time – how we experience the pace of time. You know that your brain influences your feelings about the pace of time. If you’re stuck in a traffic jam…… You think that you have been waiting for more than 1 hour but in reality it was only 40 minutes. (TBC) In those moments you don’t have a lot of impulses so you are more aware of the things around you.*
And also the opposite can happen; it looks like time is going faster and faster. For example, when you’re meeting with some good friends, it may happen that you think that 1 hour has passed but in reality you have been chatting for more than 2 hours. It looks like (clock)time has been speeding up.
This is called the psychological or experience-time and the interesting thing is that you can influence your experience of time.
you can’t compare this condition with ‘being in the flow’. In certain extreme circumstances, time slows down to a level that you’re totally aware of everything that happens around you and you have a feeling that time is being stretched – 1 second can feel like one minute. People who have been in extreme conditions (car accidents, high level sports etc.) have been aware of this flow-condition.