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Honestly, how accurate is your concept of time?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23293 points ) August 20th, 2011

I notice that whenever I estimate how long something will take, or what time I will arrive somewhere.. I am usually dead on, or within 5 minutes. I think that my concept of time is pretty accurate.
My husband, on the other hand, will guess that he will be somewhere in “20 minutes” when it actually takes him over an hour. We were talking about this today, and it made me wonder how other people feel their concept of time is.
What about you?

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abysmalbeauty's avatar

I’m also very much on target. I usually get it down to the minute. Its something I don’t understand because I have a terrible sense of direction and always get lost but somehow my time “guestimate” is correct lol

TexasDude's avatar

I overestimate how long things take.

For instance, if I say I’m 30 minutes away, I’m probably closer to ten minutes away.

Cruiser's avatar

I am most often within the 15 minute mark of guesstimating times.

Lightlyseared's avatar

I can usually manage to be where I say I’ll be when I say I’ll be (which, with central London traffic, is a bit on achievement).

everephebe's avatar

This varies for me I can be dead on or off by thousands of years. My concept of time is fluid.

JilltheTooth's avatar

I have no idea ever, I am completely kerflummoxed by anything of a temporal nature. Thank god for my Mickey Mouse watch.

AmWiser's avatar

Usually on target. I like playing that game with myself.

Seelix's avatar

Over short-ish periods, pretty accurate. I’ve been noticing more and more lately, though, that time seems to pass quickly over longer periods as I get older.

JessicaRTBH's avatar

My concept of time is horrible! I work a very flexible job and the only goal is getting the tasks done at some point in the day. I don’t have a schedule and rarely even know the date. I realize that drifts a bit from the question but I pretty much have no concept of time – hours, minutes, dates, years etc. It’s very odd especially with my otherwise very detailed memory.

disenchanted_poisongirl's avatar

When I say I’ll be there in “ten minutes”, it means twenty. “Thirty minutes” means I’ll be there in two hours, and “about an hour” means tomorrow.

augustlan's avatar

Mine is bad. Very, very bad. I’ve always thought it was related to my complete lack of any kind of sense of direction, but it appears to be two separate issues.

fremen_warrior's avatar

As I used to be late a LOT in the past, this seems to have made me develop a rather accurate feel for how long getting someplace will take me, sometimes I can even make decent predictions of what time it is if the last time I checked a watch was up to an hour ago. It scares me sometimes how accurate I can be; isn’t the mind amazing?

Brian1946's avatar

I’m not into time, man. ;-p

Judi's avatar

Mine is the worst. I blame it on all those drugs, coming of age in the 70’s .

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Very interesting responses.

If it pertains to being somewhere, I’m either spot on or early. When it comes to estimating how much time it will take to complete a project, particularly something I’ve never done before, then I’m waaay off track in a guestimate. It always takes much longer to complete it.

athenasgriffin's avatar

I am never, ever right. And I’m all over the place. I’ll be ridiculously early or outrageously late or shockingly on time and have no idea how it happened.

Tbag's avatar

I would break all rules to be on time. I love playin’ that game, more of like a challenge.

MacBatman31's avatar

I’m horrible with time. It’s a bad thing, but people who know me expect it.

Symbeline's avatar

I have a pretty good grasp on it. I’m rarely late, stuff I do takes the time I expect it to, and uh, something Gandalf said.
But yeah, I’m pretty good at estimating and maintaining time, when it’s important. I could be a businesswoman haha. I’ve rarely been wrong when I juggle time. Well that’s not too true…I’m always getting to places earlier than what I expected. But that’s the survival horror side of me. Best always be prepared. Always save bullets and health potions. I sorta do it on purpose though, but only because I’m afraid to be late.

But when I say something is gonna take me 20 mins to do, it takes 20 mins to do. More often than not, less.

Except for that time a few weeks ago, when I was meeting friends in MontrĂ©al, and said I’d be there by six. It was eight when I got there, but that wasn’t my fault. I was aware of everything that went on, and it wasn’t me not grasping time.

I missed the damn bus.

XD

Aethelflaed's avatar

So horrible. I have clocks all around, and wear a watch, so that helps a lot. But without that, I have no concept of it. Did that happen 2 days ago, or 10 years ago – without really sitting down and thinking about it, I have noooo idea.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I hate being late for anything. I think it is disrespectful to anyone else that may be involved. Because of this I over estimate how long it will take me to get somewhere pretty much everytime. I would say 95% of the time I am early.

KatawaGrey's avatar

My concept of time is shot to hell and my mother is holding the smoking gun.

When I was a kid, my mom would say, “We’re leaving in 5 minutes,” and then continue to chat with my friend’s parents for another 20 minutes. Then she would give me another 5 minute warning and we’d leave 20 minutes after that.

This combined with the fact that I get lost super easily means that have a tendency to be very early to places because I will leave much sooner than I need to.

JilltheTooth's avatar

tough room

KatawaGrey's avatar

Sorry mom, I meant that to come out funny. Do I still get a little slack from sleep deprivation and heart break? :-P

JilltheTooth's avatar

and sunburn!

downtide's avatar

Way off. Always. I would be lost without a watch, along with popup reminders on my computer, alarms on my cellphone and bleepers on my stove.

Keep_on_running's avatar

I would say mine is pretty good. If I’m in bed at night looking at my radio clock I can stop looking, let the time pass – e.g. 15 minutes or half an hour – and guess very accurately what the time is now (usually within 1 minute either side). If that makes sense…

bags's avatar

Pretty good, actually. Daytime or right out of a dead sleep I’m usually within 15 minutes of actual time. It’s an ability I’ve cultivated over the years. I also try and ‘set my brain’ to wake up when I want. Haven’t had as much success with that one…..::::sigh::::

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