Putting Time to the Test
The following test will help you identify your own attitude towards time
For this you need a digital watch, or one with a sweep second hand. Without looking at your watch estimate the passing of one minute. While doing so sit quietly and avoid counting the seconds. When you think a minute has passed, check your watch.
What Your Result Reveals
Time elapsed less than 55 seconds
You are a victim of “hurry sickness” and the less time that elapsed the more serious is your condition. Symptoms of “hurry sickness” include:
Never having enough time to meet all the demands on you.
Feeling angry and frustrated by delays, however unavoidable.
Attempting to do everything at the double.
Greater difficulty winding down when you are at home or on holiday.
Inability to relax generally. Impatient when dealing with people, or working in cultures, less fast paced than yourself. Leaving things to the last minute. While you hate to be late, you hate even worse to be early! Needing a “deadline high” to motivate you.‘Hurry sickness” is linked to several health problems, including high blood pressure, ulcers, strokes and heart disease. Sufferers tend to act impulsively, set themselves impossibly tight deadlines, drive too fast, and make poor decisions. You can learn how to combat this common threat to health and happiness by following the relaxation, sensualisation and breathing exercises which I describe on my web-site.
Time elapsed 55 – 65 seconds
Although you do not, generally, suffer from “hurry sickness” there will be occasions when you experience some of the symptoms described above. Relaxing after a day’s work, or while on holiday, should not prove too difficult for you. Nor will unavoidable delays cause you too much stress since you are, usually, able to adopt a fairly relaxed approach to hold ups. But this laid back attitude does not necessarily mean you always manage your time efficiently! You may still complain there are too few hours in the day to accomplish all you want or need to achieve. You may also feel that life is unbalanced with, for example, too much time being taken up by work at the expense of family or social life.
Time elapsed 66 – 90 seconds
You have a relaxed approach to the passing of time, and dislike having to race against the clock. The greater the elapsed time, the less likely you are to suffer from the symptoms of “hurry sickness” described above. You are not especially concerned about meeting deadlines and prefer to reflect rather than act impulsively. You hate having to rush and tear, preferring to leave in good time for appointments whenever possible.