Five Ways to Make Your Days Feel Longer
Posted by Chris Dillon on 7/9/2013 7:07:00 AM.

If you know how your brain perceives time, it's actually pretty easy to make time SEEM like it's passing more slowly.  If you're one of those people who feels like the years are slipping away from you, try some of these tips from the Buffer blog.


1.  Keep learning new things.  Your brain perceives time according to how much information it has to process.  If the brain is working hard, time passes more slowly.  But time really flies when you're on autopilot.


So an easy way to make your days pass more slowly is to keep learning.  The brain has to work harder to process unfamiliar experiences.  Expose yourself to new things as often as possible.  You might discover some new hobbies as an added bonus.

2.  Visit new places.  When you go to a place you've never been, EVERYTHING is a new experience.  All the sights, sounds, and smells have to be organized by the brain.  You know that feeling of time standing still?  That's what's going on.  


3.  Meet new people.  Meeting someone new is also a great brain workout.  You have to learn to read new body language, understand their ways of talking, and respond to their expectations.  If there are social pressures, that's a whole other set of challenges.


4.  Try new activities.  This usually involves ALL of the above, so it's pretty easy to put your brain on the brink of overload.


5.  Be spontaneous.  Make an effort to surprise your brain, with things you haven't prepared for.  It forces your brain to react and adapt, and that should help time move more slowly for you.



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