In the 21st century we are living in the fast lane – constantly juggling multiple projects and responsibilities, while facing pressure from all angles to be the best we can be in the limited time that we have.
For many, this time pressure is at its most acute in the workplace.
Here looming deadlines and growing to-do lists are inescapable, and according to one researcher, the resulting harm to our health and happiness is exacerbated by one fundamental element – clocks.
Anne-Laure Sellier – an associate professor of marketing at HEC Paris business school and TED talker – believes running on “clock time” alters our worldview and makes it harder for us to feel content.
“When you rely on the clock, you put control of your schedule outside of yourself,” Sellier said last year.
“And we know from psychology that when people do that, they tend to believe that things happen in the world as a result of fate, chance and powerful others… [Since] we increasingly relied on the…