I Bought An Hour Glass And It Changed Me
Do not read this post, it will provide little insight past the title that you already read. It is me writing alongside my new hour glass, about my new hour glass and if you still need a summary then it is this, that I write more focused, better and faster thanks to it.
Still reading? Well, thanks! Let me make my case for an outdated piece of technology, easily replaced by the app on your phone or the tomato in your kitchen. Let me make a case for wasting thirty bucks on black sand in a glass that has a single function that it will dutifully fulfill until I eventually knock it off the table.
An hour glass is not a ticking time bomb
Let me ask you a question: When an hour glass runs out and nobody is there to notice, does it still make a sound?
This cute little thing will give you a suggestion, calm, without yelling at you that the hard time limit of thirty minutes is now over. You will not jolt to attention, you won’t be ripped from your last important thought, you will not sweat and shiver as you defy the direct command to stop.
It does not take away your focus even if you stare at it for a moment
Sometimes I am at a loss for words, need a little break of raw typing but at the same time I don’t need a real break.
Looking at the hour glass does not rip you out of the flow, it’s just sand trickling down. It is in fact very relaxing and allows your thoughts to run wild as you watch the sand accumulating at the bottom.
This is not like your phone ticking down numbers, throwing notifications at you, reflecting light in weird ways from the corner of your eye.
An hour glass is not a tomato, nor a little pot
Call me stupid but I get angry whenever I look at a tomato that is silently mocking me for my attempts to focus, that openly judges me for the very fact that I bought it. When I look at a little silver pot with a lid that turns slowly I can hear it whisper to me about its disdain for every word that I write.
An hour glass is nothing of the sort, it has no cruelty, no mockery inside. I do not have to fight it, nor embrace it. We get along, both of us get turned on our heads occasionally and we are both fine with it.
It listens more than it talks
In a weird way I noticed that I actually write better when I gaze at the thing for a bit, just because your mind really has nothing to be distracted by. You look at it and your thoughts go into weird directions, deviate, then go into the right directions.
Then you end up with words to say, text to write and a post like this comes out or maybe even a useful one.
Summary: There are better ways to spend your money
I will not go out and argue that buying this hour glass is the smart choice or the right choice for everyone, but for me it happens to be very influential and beneficial.