Arriving in a new year always comes with the challenging awareness of how fast time is running. Instead of just saving, spending, or even wasting time, this month's illustrations exhibit various ways of actively making time. 28 highly valuable and easily realisable tips and tricks to actively earn a couple of hundreds extra hours.
Time Telling Objects
The history of time telling objects goes all the way back to ancient civilisations observing the night sky. With time, the objects evolved: sun dials, water clocks, hour glasses. With the invention of mechanical clocks new shapes and forms appeared and not only did time telling get increasingly more accurate, it also made its way up in the league of luxury goods with objects as expensive as $55 million.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Every gap in every CV has to be justified and one who does not know what they will be doing in exactly 5 years has no chance of even being part of this world where knowing what they will do in exactly 5 years is important (for some reason). I certainly am no person who knows what my life will be looking like in exactly 5 years, so I reached out to people via the Instagram poll function to hear what they will do in 5 years. The collected answers can be used as inspiration for others, who are preparing for this question to be asked, although unsure if any example would lead to a hire.
Time finds its way in our day to day language and it's alluring taking a proper look at how we verbalise it: we earn it, spend it, make, take, waste and buy it. It's flying and racing and running, slipping through our fingers. It will tell, it's a charm, it heals all wounds. So many time idioms so little time, am I right?
I think I speak for everyone when I say: wasting time sucks. Better not start something before potentially spending hours, weeks or even years, just to find out afterwards it was not worth the time? Who decides if that time has been wasted though? No time is wasted time, as long as you had a good time wasting it. I think you understand what I mean.
Something that is way more painful than deliberately wasted time, is stolen time. Time that has been taken from you by an unpredictable exterior force, where there was no chance for you to avoid it. (It might have been your own fault, but who likes to commit to those). That's why we call them time thieves, spiteful and bothersome fellows, who just exist to make your life miserable.
A Question of Time
After looking at various different aspects of time, a questions surfaces: What is time? Does anybody truly understand it? A short bit of research showed, that there are a lot of people having a lot of questions regarding time. And, as I like to say, there are no stupid questions (some are). This month is presenting a selection of google search bar algorithmic autofill questions and an attempt to answer those.
"Ask 20 random people, ›What is the nature of time?‹ and chances are pretty good that you'll get 20 different answers. Time is an arrow, says one. Time is a circle, suggests another. Time is relative. Time is an illusion. But no matter how assured or unhesitating their answers might be, most people would be hard-pressed to offer a single, definitive method for illustrating time." —Ben Cosgrove
The concept of time is so abstract, it's hard to think of a shape or form for it. This month is exploring ways of how time has been made tangible — from space time models and time unit flowcharts to physical examples like parking meters or MTWTFSS daily pill dispensers.
This monthly theme was inspired by a pin I came across one day. The pin was round and evenly separated in three parts that had a title each, which were: "8 hours labour", "8 hours recreation" and "8 hours rest". It might be a truthful life model for many a worker under capitalism, and got me thinking what other lifestyles could look like.
Unpaid intern: 8 hours labour, 8 hours labour, 8 hours labour (and an additional 8 hours labour in the hope to be hired) World leader: 20h very very important labour, 4h rest. Pipe in a painting: 24h not being a pipe.
It's Show Time
The barman says ›We don't serve time travellers in here›. A time traveller walks into a bar.
...and many other hilarious jokes, puns and fun facts regarding time!
What if one day our prevalent time units disappear? Seconds, hours, months, years, jiffies, hectominutes, fortnights... I guess you get the point. This month illustrates 29 alternatives: 6 minutes? Call it 1 hard boiled egg. 3—10 minutes? Just say a cigarette. Talking about 28 years, 2 months and 19 days? Why not say 1 Robinson Crusoe stranded on an island?
December, a month to reflect (if you'd only find the time). This month's illustrations shall remind you that it is about time to pass the year in review, think about the good things that have happened. And it shall remind you that it is about time to be present and to use those last few days of the year wisely. Those last few days, which can feel precious and weird and overwhelming and relaxing, all at the same time.