To Be More Productive, Hack Your Sense of Time

Clare Thorp

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Highlights from July 26, 2021

  • One 2012 study found that when you’re in a state of “approach motivation” — that is, actively pursuing a goal — your mind forms a protective buffer against distractions. Time passes more quickly in these scenarios, the researchers hypothesized, to keep you focused.
  • Psychologist Claudia Hammond, author of Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception, points to a common cognitive bias known as the planning fallacy, or the tendency to underestimate how long something in the future will take.
  • When you’re doing something new or creative — which involves your brain processing more information than normal — you feel like you spent more time on it than you actually did, a phenomenon scientists have dubbed the oddball effect.