25 responses to “The passage of my life is measured out in”

  1. pauldeman2pt0

    My unit:

    …measured by milestones completed en route to Ph.D. (i.e. – completion of all coursework, exams, prospectus defense, etc.)

  2. miss_geek

    Right now it’s semesters… prior to that it was either a school year (Dasan,) a business week, or a tax year (depending on the situation.)

  3. hepkitten

    mine depends on which persona i am currently in. if its hep the mother: this week. if its hep: myself: usually the month. i can’t think in future concepts longer than that really.

  4. halfjack

    After works. So, say, 6 hour blocks.

    1. tuliphead

      this for me too.

  5. e_compass_rosa

    Semester.

  6. hotelsamurai

    Like, four hour chunks. But I measure my past in jobs and apartments (and, to a lesser extent, girlfriends), so I will say things like “that was two jobs ago” or “two apartments ago”.

  7. stimps

    For me, it depends on what I’m considering. When I think about the brane health, it’s in months because I see the doc once a month. He wants me to live more in the moment, but that’s really hard for me because of some of the things you mention, like pain, whether physical or mental. I think in terms of day to day when I’m thinking about what to eat, although I wish I could be more organized about buying food and cooking. I have a week to week attitude about my interactions with people other than HJ because that’s when Game Night is, and that’s a very regular once a week thing. My days and weeks revolve more around HJ’s work schedule.

    Also around when it’s healthy to go out and eat dessert again, but who doesn’t have that? =)

  8. sooz

    Either days or business quarters depending on what you’re asking. Q1 has sucked nards

  9. besskeloid

    Wednesday, ‘cos they’re Tranny Nights.

  10. sibyline

    typically schizophrenic for me. in dance class it usually something like “count” or “combination,” constantly trying to only be in the present and the immediate future. but then sometimes i think in lifetimes. but today i’m thinking about today. sometimes i think about the week, sometimes the semester, sometimes the year. months don’t seem to matter as much for some reason.

  11. srl

    Weeks, usually. I’m having to learn to think in longer blocks of logical time, as opposed to actual time. I think much of the rest of the year will be measured in chapters, as I have 5 chapter drafts to write between now and xmas…..

  12. wanderingaengus

    coffee spoons?

    I was just reading a memoir where the writer was describing how the first semester of 7th grade was different from the second semester, and it struck me how far I am from being able to construct a coherent narrative of my life. My past is random fragments and images, and my sense of the future gets shaky after the next two minutes.

    (Maybe this is why I get so annoyed waiting for a goddamn cab.)

  13. handstil

    Definitely weeks. What’s for dinner this week, what is going on at Owen’s school this week, etc.

  14. florence_craye

    Weeks, for sure. I think it’s the work week thing. I have this many days of work, then this amount of weekend, and then it starts over again. *sigh*

    But I imagine it may transition to semesters once I start school this fall. When I think about school related things, I think in months.

  15. culfinglin

    Huh. My unit of time tends to be deadline-driven (Time Until Deadline [TUD]? T-minus? I’ve got nothing witty). I think it’s because they so inexorably shape everything I can do until they arrive — if something’s big and pressing and due soon, all the rest of my life gets thrown on the fire to meet it. Or if it’s a small project, I still have to think about what can I fit in around the deadline… hrm.

    Like today, for example: I have to create and send comps for 5 signs sometime this morning, and then I’m on to meeting a writing deadline, and then I have to pull a campaign for changing VPNs out of my ass at some point in the near future. And all I can think about right now are those 5 signs I’m putting off doing while my coffee absorbs into my bloodstream.

    When someone asks how my day or week was, I have to think back to which deadlines fell in that timeframe. But when I look at calendars… I prefer the month view.

  16. kasheri

    Frappuccinos.

    During Lent, it’s my only sweet indulgence. I allow myself 4 a week, only on work days. So I find that I look forward to my next frappuccino. It gives me a whole new way of looking at Mondays. No longer do I think of them as the end of a relaxing weekend and the start of another arduous work week. Instead, they are the harbinger of frappuccino!

    I do not pretend to be proud of this.

  17. obnoxicant

    shirts

    i guess months, if not actual calendar months then at least units of time equal to about a month. having no real responsibilities other than class (which is hardly stressful) makes the days and weeks blend into each other.

    i think in terms of years a lot too, which is curious because i really only have about 7 or so to work with, everything before that is a blur.

  18. dr_strych9

    I don’t have a fixed unit. I measure time by the temporal proximity to the moment of Leo’s birth. Sorry if that’s sounds clichéd, but it’s true.

    It’s not at all liberating. Before Leo’s birth, I think I measured time in days. I can’t imagine how I could have gotten away with that for so damned long.

  19. capn_jil

    all kind of measurements spring to mind depending on the matter
    at hadn

    currently because of the problems it’s been basically 4 hour chunks

  20. pigglet27

    Good question. It used to be in chunks of day like hospital, work, sleep. Right now I’m not sure, I just exist day to day, not really thinking of a unit. Mostly I think in terms of milestones, like goals and things to be done.

    I will make remarks about how it has been “A DAY” or I’m having “A MONTH” but that isn’t my mental unit of time, just a measure of how long I’ve felt stressed.

  21. Anonymous

    Seasons, for me. I don’t know what weeks even are any more and months head generally in the same direction. I have “a productive spring,” I “put summer aside for myself,” etc.

  22. brianenigma

    For me, it depends on context. If I’m at work or doing some project at home, I’m probably ticking things off of my to-do list (I’m one of those OmniFocus/GTD wonks) and measuring in hours. It’s nose-down and head-to-the-grindstone and all that.

    If I’m just living life, I measure in weeks on weekdays and in days on weekends (because the weekend days are so precious.)

    But, then, if I’m doing meta stuff like planning, it’s all in months.

    So, I guess, in summary, I think in hours and weeks mostly, with other units of measure swapped in as needed.

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