The Procrastinator's Clock



If you’re a procrastinator, you don’t need a mathematical formula, you know who you are. Worse, the people who work with you know, too. I’ve tried the “set the clock ahead 10 minutes” trick, but it never works because I know that I really have that extra 10 minutes. If you’re nodding, then perhaps you need David Seah’s Procrastinator’s Clock.

It’s guaranteed to be up to 15 minutes fast. However, it also speeds up and slows down in an unpredictable manner so you can’t be sure how fast it really is. Furthermore, the clock is guaranteed not be slow, assuming your computer clock is sync’d with NTP; many computers running Windows and Mac OS X with persistent Internet connections already are.



Ha, I used to do this with my normal alarm clock. I’d set it fast by about 10 minutes (but never know exactly by how much) so I wouldn’t know if I had enough time for a few more minutes sleep in the morning. I normally got me out of bed earlier than otherwise.

I still set my watch about 5 minutes fast, in the hope that I won’t be late for meetings. Seems to work quite well, although I still procrastinate!


Not sure I should get this. I wake to my alarm and immediately calculate a math problem. Then sleep walk around the house to check the other clocks, knowing their different settings, do more quick math problems. Finally come to the one clock set at “other people’s time” and check my math! I’d have to get rid of all my other clocks!

Tim Peter

Did my wife put him up to this? At first, I was a little put off by this. Then I realized, the first step is admitting I have a problem…

Pascal Venier

Very clever. Not as smart as the proverbial French civil servant clock: it runs late in the morning and early at the end of the day! ;^)

One More Option

That is a clever and ingenious clock. On a sarcastic note, Seah’s clock may add that little extra bit of stress we all have yet to add to our daily workday.

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