Holistic Counseling + Integrative Health

How a Watch Changed Time: The wondrous insight after putting on a wrist watch


After not wearing a watch for over 18 years, something interesting happened to me that motivated me to share my experience with you.

In the past, I’ve used my smartphone when I wanted to know what time it was. That changed when I was given a hand-me-down watch from my mother. Usually the wristwatch would end up where all my other watches are – unused in the drawer – but with this one, something was different.

So I put it on, and right when I did, I looked at it and experienced a full body visceral response that came with great insight. An appreciation of time, the knowledge that we all have limited time, to see every minute of my time as a precious gift. It made me think of using my time wisely to do the things that I want to do instead of getting caught up in the busyness of this world, or an endless to-do list, the favors to others, the events I did not want to attend but did. It made me aware of prioritizing the things that make me, me. Where 18 years ago I used my watch to see the time; my watch is now a reminder of “Am I spending my time wisely while being present in what I am doing.”

When I ask people how they are doing, I get the answer: “I am so busy. There are just too many things I need to do and not enough time.” I bet you hear this comment at least once today, perhaps in your own head. Fact is, we all have the same 24 hours. When was the last time you paused and looked at all of the activities you’re involved in? Which ones focus on what makes you, you? See where you’ve had time spent in your essence, where the activities you spent time on are a part of what makes you, you.

Having a watch makes me more consciously aware of how I relate to time. I actually like that I can see the dial and hands moving, the time ticking. It creates an urgency to stop. To re-evaluate. Am I spending my day with people and things that are meaningful to me? Am I giving myself time for conscious rest? It is not about being more productive and busy, in fact, it’s the opposite. It’s about being more mindful with my time and “aware-full” with time spent in all aspects of my life, from should I see this friend, to is my time spent well in this job, am I using my time wisely and to the full extent of my capabilities.

My watch gives my day focus and is a reminder to pause and see what I want to consciously take off my plate and what I want to experience today.

Whenever I looked at my smartphone for the time, I often also checked my e-mail or social media. A quick look turned into a 10 minutes of reading e-mails and browsing – time that I could have spent differently. Most importantly, that was time I lost. Time I can never get back. Twenty-four hours equals 1,440 minutes. It may look like a lot, but is it?

By wearing a wristwatch, I circumnavigated the smartphone time trap, and it saves me a lot of time on a daily basis.

I would have never expected that putting on a watch created such golden insight. Time not as a measure that I am running behind. Time not as an appointment that I need to make in 50 minutes. Time as precious, with every dial a passing, vanishing minute. Give it a try, put on a watch, and watch what will happen for you. It can deliver a wide range of benefits, as well as advantages to you in the long run.

Thank you, dear watch.