On Clocks, Time, & Planning…

The pocket watch I carry when not wearing a wristwatch.

The pocket watch I carry when not wearing a wristwatch.

I love clocks. Specifically, analog timepieces like watches, wall clocks and desk clocks. Even better if it makes that steady ticking sound as the second hand moves around the face. Odd, for someone who prefers silence for any kind of cerebral activity (writing, coding, etc), but there’s something soothing and stabilizing about that steady tick-tick-tick that keeps it from irritating me like most other sounds in that situation.

I can’t really say what exactly it is about clocks I love, but it started when I got my very first watch – I think it was a

My normal wristwatch.

My normal wristwatch.

birthday present one year from my parents. I was pretty young, and the whole purpose of the gift was to teach me how to tell time – which I learned quickly. It had a simple white-plastic face with red hour and minute hands and a blue second hand, and a red, white and blue striped band. As usual, I did things my own way, and while pretty much everyone I’ve ever met wears their watch on the opposite wrist from the hand they write with, it always made more sense to me to wear mine on the same wrist (I’m right-handed, and wear my watch on my right wrist), because I was already looking at that hand while writing, and that way I’d just have to turn my wrist a tiny bit to see the time while still watching what I was writing, rather than move my whole head/eyes and take my focus completely from the task at hand.

Even when I was young, the desire for maximum efficiency was strong with me.

I’ve always appreciated time itself as an organizational construct as well, though I happened to marry someone who has very little respect for time (and thus, I end up late to…wherever…far more often than I’d like). For someone who embraces routine and daily structure as I do, time is my friend, and gives me a concrete framework from which to build my personal, daily schedule. And my daily schedule is the framework for achieving my goals, both long-term and short-term, so it’s vitally important, in that respect. If my daily schedule falls apart, my long-term goals won’t get met. Funny how everything works together so tightly…

A very Smurfy wall-sized wristwatch.

A very Smurfy wall-sized wristwatch.

I know you all know why I’m thinking about this for this particular week, right? It’s time to take a look back at last year’s goals, and make new plans for 2015. I know a lot of people scoff at resolutions, but I love them. And I generally try to make them in such a way that I can put a daily, weekly or monthly plan in place that will allow me to reach those goals, as long as I follow the plan.

So…to that end, this Wednesday I’ll post my annual “Year in Review” for 2014, and then on New Year’s Day, my goals for 2015.

Friday, of course, will be the serial installment of Under His Wing. And if I get hoppin’ this week, hopefully the final installment. We’ll see.

Pop in and join me this Weds/Thurs if you have time (*ahem*). It’ll be fun! Or I’ll try to make it interesting, in any case…

 

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