Wanting to pass the time

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Modern research supports the advice of philosopher Jean-Marie Guyau. When you do lots of different things, time flies. We partly make that judgement by considering how many new memories we made, so the more different things you pack into one weekend, the longer that weekend will feel when it comes to Monday morning. A weekend spent at home lazing and reading the papers will feel relaxing at the time, but gives rise to so few new memories that the weekend will not stand out from any other, making time appear to have gone faster.

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So far, so good. There is a solution though: make sure you only watch TV programmes or films that are so good that you never forget them. Getting off the bus a stop early or even walking on the other side of the road gives you a new perspective, causing you to create new memories and giving you the sense that time is going more slowly.

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Which building has the nicest roof? How were the bus seats made? Pay attention to whatever you find interesting. Inevitably there are more routines as we get older, particularly in middle age when many people are parents.

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Children thrive on routine, but the difficulty for parents is that this can make the days all merge into one. Break routines whenever you can or all those memories merge into one. If you can create a life which feels both novel and entertaining in the present, the weeks and years will feel long in retrospect. Although we might regret the speed at which the years appear to be flashing by, this might not be all bad. In experiments we often judge the time waiting to be longer than it actually is.

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But if someone offered you a ten-minute rest doing nothing in the middle of a busy day at work, you might well welcome it. Maybe we should try to look on waiting times as a bonus break. Nothing makes time drag quite as much as watching the clock. As soon as we focus on time itself, it moves more slowly.

On a long train journey you might have your phone to play with or a book to read. But occasionally you will find yourself stuck with nothing to distract you.

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Look on this as the perfect opportunity to hone your skills at mindfulness. Taking the senses one at a time, observe everything in the carriage.

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Notice all the different textures, the smooth, shiny poles, the slightly furry seats, the metal ridges on the floor. Then there are the smells, the sounds, the sights. Pay attention to your feet making contact with the floor, to your thighs touching the seat, to your own breathing. The more absorbed you become in the moment, the faster time will go. Main content. How to speed up or slow down time. If you only have 20 minutes to grab a sandwich with a friend at lunchtime, those moments will whizz by.

The good news is that you can change your perception of time.

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If time is flying by too fast:. To speed time up:. If time is dragging, practise mindfulness On a long train journey you might have your phone to play with or a book to read. More from Radio 4. Understanding your body clock. Eight facts about time and work.

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Wanting to pass the time

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