Stop the Clock — I want to Get Off!

Anna Cook - Beyond the Bottomline
4 min readMar 17, 2022
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You may (or may not) know that I am half Irish — and proud of it! The Irish blood, passions and adventurous spirit runs strongly in my veins which means I tend to turn to Irish authors and such for quotes when writing. This one is particularly apt, not to mention it comes from one of my better known family members!

“We spend our lives on the run: We get up by the clock, eat and sleep by the clock, get up again, go to work — and then we retire. And what do they give us? …A clock!” Dave Allen

What is our fixation with time? Why do we have to have deadlines? Why do we feel time is running out? Particularly as we get older, some of us feel that we don’t have as much time left so we have to do everything quickly to make sure we get it done. What does it give us? What is the benefit of this constant pressure of watching the clock?

If you read again what Dave Allen says — we do everything by the clock… All our lives we have put ourselves under pressure to buy our house, get that wonderful promotion, achieve a specific goal by a certain month or year. We have been so fixated on the deadline and making absolutely sure we reach our target that most of us were too busy to think about, let alone enjoy, what we were doing along the way.

If we talk about the life goals and objectives that we were rushing to achieve, at our age now, (50+ for me), we likely have completed most of them, so what do we feel now we are there? For most people it is a big, empty question mark! We have what we were aiming for, but now that we do are we amazingly happy? Are we content and fulfilled or do we feel a little lost, not quite sure what to do next?

These targets, deadlines, running around are an ingrained habit, but we can change this, we can stop the clock, get off the hamster wheel and start enjoying the ‘doing’! How amazing it would be if we started to take pleasure in what we do as we do it, instead of panic about finishing it and getting on to the next thing!

If getting older is worrying you, or you are conscious of ageing, maybe even thinking about the things you wish you had done, you might unconsciously be worrying about time passing you by. You need to change your mindset — think and say to yourself “Great, now I am older I can take the time to really do…

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Anna Cook - Beyond the Bottomline

International Executive and Wellness Coach · Podcast Presenter · Author · Writing mostly about holistic success · Career + Wellness together... www.annacook.uk