You’ve heard of the phrase, ‘a watched pot never boils,’ right? The meaning behind this age-old proverb is that time drags endlessly if you’re waiting for something to happen – like the end of your working day.
You check the time, write an email, check the time, catch up with a colleague, check the time, finish a proposal, check the time, make a tea round. You get the gist. But if your eyes are firmly fixed to that clock on the wall, you’re unlikely to be working your hardest!
And here’s the thing: the more intensely you monitor the hours until home time, the longer it will take for those hours to pass. Remember how Christmas Eve felt like the longest night of the year, because you were eager to see what Santa brought you?! It’s the same principle.
Time flies when you’re having fun
Learn to love the joys of the workplace, and you’ll no longer feel compelled to clock-watch all day long. While there’s no harm in looking forward to getting home, you can’t make 5pm arrive any sooner – so accept the fact, and embrace the here and now!
Hard work is a pleasant distraction from passing time. Engross yourself in a task, challenge yourself, or round-up some colleagues for a brainstorming sesh for a new project. You’ll be surprised at how quickly time ticks by – “Woah, it’s 4.30pm already?!”
Other ways to stay distracted from that clock include…
– Listening to uplifting music when tackling your least-favourite tasks.
– Regularly stepping outside for some fresh air, which helps to revitalise your body and mind.
– Planning your days in advance so you don’t end up twiddling thumbs (boredom leads to clock-watching).
– Giving yourself tight deadlines for each task to keep you focused, but not so tight that it causes unnecessary stress!
– Identify the times when you’re least productive, and break during those times.
– Speaking to someone about taking on some new, challenging tasks.
Escape the office environment
If you’re not the only serial clock-watcher in the office, then it might be time for you all to take a well-earned break. Time to round-up the tribe and head somewhere where there are no clocks – or walls to mount them on, in fact! Time for a Go Ape adventure!
No walls or desks or clocks or computers; just miles upon miles of leafy trees and a sky-high obstacle course for you and your tribe to take on! After heading up high, you’ll work as a group to figure out the best way to tackle each crossing – from bridges and tunnels to tightropes and stirrups!
Time will fly in the treetops – and so will you, as you all take it in turns to whizz through the air via zip wire! Want to find out more about booking a Tree Top Adventure? Simply request a quote from our hairy tribe to get your team day off the ground (literally)!