The Bizarre Reality That We Can Change Our Own Perception Of Time.

We’ve all experienced this feeling unconsciously.

Tim Denning
Feb 27, 2019 · 10 min read
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The research on slowing down time

David Eagleman has spent more than a decade studying the brains biological clock which causes many of the experiences/hacks I’ll describe below, to occur.

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Here’s how to speed up or slow down your perception of time:

1. Make a drastic change

Move house, change job or date someone different. Time slows down when we make a drastic change.

It’s not the travel itself but how they perceive time that makes them want to travel more.

Last year I quit my job, moved house, got a new girlfriend, went to Europe and changed my circle of friends. Through all of these changes, I felt time change. The week I moved house felt like it lasted for half the year when in reality it was only a few weeks.

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2. Try the four day work week

The working week is madness for me. I’m in back-to-back meetings and facing the same challenges over and over, every single day.

Instead of doing the same job five days a week, try bending time by having two income streams or work realities.

3. Break your routine

Habits cause us to be on autopilot and that might seem helpful. It has its downsides though.

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The practical way to break your routine and feel as if time has slowed down is to do the following:

  • Experiment with meditation
  • Try meditative practices such as cleaning and walking, and notice how they make time feel slower
  • Take different modes of transport to work
  • Eat a different breakfast
  • Be unpredictable
  • Spend your weekends doing activities you’ve never done before — my last few weekends have been spent kayaking, rock climbing, boating, and doing an escape room for the first time
  • Book a couple of overseas trips per year

4. Life-threatening situations change time

Ever been in a life-threatening situation?
Were you around to witness September 11th?

5. Mortality affects time too

It was after a few of these surreal, life-threatening experiences that my perception of time changed again.

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Tim Denning

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