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Time is of the essence. We often hear this phrase when we are working on a project of some sorts. We often take time for granted, or we always want more time to do a certain task. How do we manage to stay on top of things? This certain piece of technology is arguably one of the greatest inventions since the beginning of time. The clock. Despite many technological advancements, the clock (digital or analog), is the most important invention to date due to our dependability on time.

As a society, we revolve around a clock. We set important dates, events, holidays, and deadlines around a certain time. We wouldn’t be able to do it without a clock. For example, scientist or engineers such as the ones for big name companies (Apple, Samsung, Huawei, etc.) all plan in accordance to time. Not only this, almost every single piece of technology nowadays has some form of a clock within their system.

The importance of the clock dates back to as far as the 14th century. Having that technology made life so much simpler. It allowed for organization and prevented people from missing important dates/ events. Without a piece of technology as such, society would not be able to function properly. From the smallest things such as knowing when to go to sleep to other drastic events such as rushing someone to the emergency room late at night knowing their life is on the line. Interestingly, the original use of a clock was for naval purposes.

Working for too long without a break causes boredom, tiredness, lack of focus and even adverse health effects. The remedy is to build breaks into your day. The two most important rules to follow for office workers are: 1) never work through your lunch break; 2) have a definite stopping time. Home workers can alternatively build recreational tasks into their list.

Paradoxically the problem may be the exact opposite of too short hours. You may be working too long hours. I have written often in the past about what I call the “end effect”. If you work for a precise period of time, say fifteen minutes, on a task, the knowledge that you’ve only got fifteen minutes focuses your mind. You will almost certainly do more work on that task than you would if you worked for the same amount of time on it without a definite stop time. The same applies to a day’s work. Without a definite stop time (preferably several throughout the day) you will tend to be unfocused and lack concentration.