Life on a Timer

by | Feb 3, 2022 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Recently one morning, I settled into my big comfortable chair with a blanket, a cat in my lap, and an open book. Ah, peace and quiet.

Beep. Beep.

The oven timer sounded. I had put scones in for my husband’s birthday.

Thirty minutes later the alarm on my phone rang. Time to set aside books and walk the dog.

As I started and finished all day to various timers, I considered my life on a timer. Always something or someone needing me at a certain time.

Mostly, I do it to myself. I’m the one sectioning off my day with alarms. It keeps me organized but not much room for spontaneity.

Here are some examples of my timer sets:

45 minutes—grading (work)

45 minutes—writing

45 minutes—house chores

45 minutes—exercise

(repeat when necessary)


Go to bed reminder




Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3 had a few things to say about time. “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven…A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance…A time to be quiet and a time to speak.”

A time to set a timer? In the grand scheme of things, my 45-minute intervals are not very important.

Oh, did I mention that sometimes I forget to push the start button? Then my grading or writing or exercising gets as much time as needed to complete a task.

Beep. Beep.

It’s time for school work.

Do you set timers?


  1. Katie

    Wow so much to do!!! I try not to set timers but it is sometimes necessary. Setting a timer allows you to really get in to what you are doing rather than glancing at the clock often. I do love a day with no responsibilities though.


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