Ten minutes



A friend of mine decided she wasn’t getting enough work done at home. Everything seemed too big to tackle…too much laundry, not enough time to organize the basement, clean closets could wait another season. But it started carrying over into things she really wanted to do as well, such as exercise or read that new bestseller. We often let life get in the way of things that need to be done or things we’d really like to do. There are obligations such as taking the kids to school, and unexpected demands made upon us when we least expect it (like a co-worker’s illness that requires you to work extra hours). So how can we take back some time and accomplish things? Here’s a great idea:


Do things in 10 minute increments!


I’ve been looking for a way to get more reading done–without the guilt of taking time from something I should be doing. I thought this idea of doing things in 10 minute intervals was fabulous! You plan to do something full out for 10 minutes, and then no matter what, you move on after the time is up. For reading, this is pretty easy to control….just pop in a bookmark. For bigger jobs like organizing a room, for instance, you have to be willing to accommodate leaving a bit of a mess when the time is up. But you’ll be surprised at all you can do in those short periods.  And after a full morning of working in 10 minute intervals, you’ll have many things either done or under way. It sure takes the pressure off the task.

Do you have a great idea for organizing your time so that you can get more done in shorter periods? What is it? Let us know!

(Photo credit: Petradr)


Do you waste time?


It’s that time again….Frivolous Friday! Just a little bit of fun to get you through the weekend. And what are we talking about this week? FACEBOOK!

We all spend too much time scrolling through our newsfeed to see what fun and exciting things our friends are doing. And don’t forget all that time it takes to post your own great status updates, photos and videos. Just to share a post on your own timeline can take about a minute, if you’re adding a comment. So, just how much time do you waste on Facebook? Time Magazine has come up with a way to find out.

Facebook has been around for 10 years now. Hard to believe, isn’t it?  And while many of us make claims that we don’t use it very much, you might not be as accurate as you think. While Facebook doesn’t post data about how often their users log on, Time has created an app that will calculate your time spent on the site based on the timestamps on every post in their feed.  Just log in, allow their app to scan your feed and they’ll give you some very interesting results. Don’t worry, this will not be posted on your Facebook page. (Just click on the TIME magazine link above to be taken to the page).

While it tells me the average person spends 17 minutes on Facebook, our library results were less than accurate, I think. Even though it shows we’ve been online since June 30, 2010, it only recorded 18 posts….and if you follow us on Facebook, we have plenty more than that. Plus, it said we waste ZERO time on the site!  While I’d like to brag about that (yes, all of the time we spend there is important and not wasted at all), I’m hoping your records might be a little closer to the truth. Try it and let us know!

Is Anything Missing?

Time Magazine recently listed their Top 12 All-Time Great Summer Reads. It includes books from the last 40 summers. Some are expected, some are debatable. Which ones do you agree with and are there any great summer reads that you think are missing?

“What defines a summer read? To us, it’s the kind of buzzed-about book that seems to flourish in warmer months, equally ubiquitous on beaches and in subway cars.” Editors at Time
harryPhoto courtesy of Scholastic

Word Clock

For my frivolous Friday post, I’m once again talking about clocks.  But this one has a twist….it tells time, but using words! Designed by a company called Biegert & Funk , it comes in a variety of colours and changes as the time changes.  Is it really accurate? It apparently adjusts itself and reads exactly the correct time, lighting the correct words on the screen. There is even an iPhone application for those who want a more portable version of this pretty clock.

At first, I thought this might be the perfect alternative for kids who  have trouble using the analog clocks that the rest of us grew up with.  But then, I wondered if they’d understand the terminology….half past…quarter past…..etc.  It makes sense when you think about it, but do we really tell time in this manner?  I rarely say “half past six”….I’d say “six-thirty” instead and maybe it’s just me, but I’d think kids might be thrown by that.

However, with the hefty pricetag on this little beauty (about $1100 US), I’d hardly think someone would purchase this for their child’s room, let’s say.  So, it is beautiful, functional art, and we’ll leave it at that.

So just what time is it, anyway??

Do children get real instruction today in telling time?  I don’t think so.  We often have kinds come up to the front desk at the library and ask us what time it is.  When we point to the clock on the wall across from the desk, we’re often met with dazed looks, blank stares and kids who will stand there looking at the clock for ages before looking back at us, puzzled.  The reason?  It is just a plain, analog clock.  With hands and numbers.  What?  No digital clock?  Kids these days just don’t seem to know what to do with it!

So, how about this crazy version of a clock, a poem really, that lights up each hour, minute and second with a different word in the poem.  The 6 is for blossom word clock is meant to be creative and mark the passing of time with beautiful words, but this is probably what kids these days feel like when they look at a plain, analog clock.  I don’t get it, and apparently, neither do they.

What time is it?

We laughed the other day because a teenager actually came into the library, looked at the clock in front of the desk and told her friend what time it was!!! This is a very rare occurrence in our library, and one which gives us hope for the next generation, albeit slight.  When we are asked the time, we often motion to the clock, but rarely can someone in their teens tell the time.  It is an old-fashioned analog clock with actually working hands and numbers, not the digital kind, and we find that this causes much confusion amongst the high-schoolers.

But maybe we all view time differently, so maybe we should all have our own types of clocks. What about one of these great designs:



(Photos by Fluke Collective and Design Milk)

If you’d like to see more creative clocks, you can visit the WebUrbanist website here.