Watches are gone or going the way of the dodo right? I mean actual watches that just tell time not watches that try and be supercomputers. Everyone tells the time on their devices now so you don’t get a watch to do just that. Right?
I don’t wear a watch. I haven’t worn a watch since I was a child, I think my last watch memory was seeing 1979 click over to 1980 on my casio digital watch at new year’s eve (yes even as a child I knew how to party). I stopped wearing watches as a child because I kept losing them. As I got older I didn’t want a watch because I felt that paying too much attention to time was unhealthy and stressful. I think I have a good internal clock and I can always tell when a kitchen alarm i’ve set is about to go off about 5 seconds before it does :-). On top of that, working with computers taught me to stop wearing anything on my wrists – it slows me down, irritates me and I end up taking bracelets off and – yes – losing them.
So this is a long way of saying, today I bought a watch. Not an expensive one. Just a swatch but I finally decided a watch is what’s missing from my life. You see I get very little “down” time. When I do get downtime I know I have a set window to relax before I have to get some more work done. That means I have to keep picking up my phone to check the time. When I pick up my phone to check the time, I see mail notifications or text messages or am reminded of 1000 other things I should be doing in that moment instead of just sitting and reading.
The devices that tell me the time are also now inextricably linked with “work” and therefore “stress”. A watch is now the easiest and least stressful way to actually tell the time. It’s an interesting full circle and I wonder if it’s just me.