Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Adjusting Time








A Consultant is a person who borrows your watch, tells you what time it is, pockets the watch, and sends you a bill for it.

Recently, a conversation at work on how each of us had our time set differently on our watches prompted me to blog on this.

In today's world of high-end luxury accessories, a wristwatch worn by almost everybody has become a vital sign of identity and fashion. Be it an old watch passed on through generations in the family or a luxury watch, every watch is totally unique. A watch is viewed not only as a basic essentiality but also considered to be a symbol of status or a personality identifier.

These days wearing a watch is not so much about telling the time anymore, since you have the time all around you, in the form of ipods, flashy mobile phones, in the car, on your computer and at work. Its all about expressing your self, depicting that you have arrived.

So, what is it in our watches that make us tick?

For those of us who have our watches adjusted to run faster- I am one of those folks who always has my watch, alarm clock, home clock adjusted 10-15 minutes ahead of the regular time. I guess this allows me the extra time to stop my alarm and sleep for a few more minutes and yet not be late for work. It also helps me feel that the day is moving faster, lunch time comes quickly and the time to go home is also there fast. All in all, it affords me to be lazy without costing a great deal. There is a widespread misconception that people who have their watches run faster are extremely active and fast paced, while the truth is the opposite.

For those of us who have our watches adjusted to run slower- I guess these are the folks who think that punctuality isn't their cup of tea. You perhaps feel that the entire notion of "time" is an evil plot to put shackles on a free spirit. So, what if i go a couple of minutes late for a team meeting, i could show them my watch and tell them that this is the time i have on my watch and so here i am, even if it means protecting myself. I guess these would be the folks who would like their day to drag by longer, so that they can have all the extra time possible.

Finally, for those folks who have their watches run on the regular, correct time- Well, you are the rigid ones who value your time as well as others time and lead an efficient life managing your tasks within a given time frame.

Would be interested to hear your thoughts on this kind of time keeping.......

9 comments:

Prasanna said...

i ve always been fascinated by wrist watches. Though i use my cell fone for the alarm, i feel more comfortable watching the time on my wrist watch. Those James Bond type watches are my favorites. I even got something similar to that a year ago when i had been to the US(i did not mean the prize), and even ended up getting one for my brother too.

tt_giant said...

A lot of my colleagues don't wear watches, but always say "I need to start wearing a watch". I like to wear it (feels incomplete without it!)

mitr_bayarea said...

prasanna-
hmm. so u r a james bond type watches person, let's see, what does that speak of your personality?

ttg:
yes, i have noticed that quite a few white folks here don't wear a watch, cos they just think its another accessory and they have the time on their cars, cell phones, laptops etc.

VC said...

funny. just a couple of days back, i was on the cell with a friend and at one point, the question popped up - what's the time. i said the time. the friend asks 'how do you know', as in - we were talking on the cell, hence were not able to see the time on the cell. i replied that 'i looked at my watch. remember those things?'
of course, the fact remains that i have an analog watch with no numbers on the dial and was off by an hour!!!

mitr_bayarea said...

vc: True,these days watches are a fading thing. Cool with the analog watch...

Anu said...

hey Mitr,
Agree with u ,because even i set my watch 5 mins early, as I dont want to be late.
However a pal of mine always used to keep his slow, his logic was he had to hurry to finish his work, as he knew tht his time ran more slowly than the rest:D

Raju said...

interesting post.. Though I adjusted it slightly ahead of time during early days in Florida (3-4 mins), over here, I want it as accurate as possible.. I have realized that there is a downside to being 'irregular' in an otherwise regular world.. e.g., I reach a bus stop on time.. but my watch shows I am late, so I might have missed the bus.. If I decide to walk towards home not waiting for the bus, the bus would come when I am mid-way b/w two stops.. so I have missed it and so I waste 10 mins walking to home.. Though walking was good exercise, if those 10 mins can be spent on a treadmill, it is a better exercise, right? All these thoughts made me stick to 'perfect time'..

Ash said...

hey Mitr ....
well as a matter of fact ...i dont wear a watch....
dont know why but after my last watch stopped ticking i just never felt the inkling to wear another one....

but yes a fast one i have practied....a slow one never....but one to suit the time of our cab systems in office yes ...

nice one
Ash

Viji said...

Interesting!