Why time flies

March break is a 1-week long break in the middle of March. I took the entire week off to spend quality time with my daughter. At the end of the week, I felt as though I was off for more than a week. The week passed by more slowly than usual.

We tend to say vacation flew by. Weekends are too short. When we truly enjoy something, time flies by. So I felt guilty to feel that the week didn't fly by.

I tried to be truly "off" work during the break. I tried to not check my Outlook or Teams. For the most part, I succeeded. I spent most of the week doing something new and different with my daughter, making ton of lovely memories. My "work brain" was relatively off for the most of the week. Instead, my brain was busy with other experiences. And, I really enjoyed and loved every moment I spent with my precious little one.

Then, why didn't I feel like the week flew by? I was curious so looked it up. Apparently, being out of a routine and experiencing something new and different make us feel that time is passing more slowly than usual.

"... the perceived passage of time is related to the amount of new perceptual information you absorb; when you're young, everything seems new, which means your brain has more to process...which means the perceived passage of time feels longer." (Source: Inc.com)

When I googled "why time flies", I learned that is a title of a book that talks about exactly what I was wondering about. What did I do? I purchased, of course. From the book description, I learned another new thing. "Time" is apparently the most commonly used noun in English.

"Don't just float through life. Do different things as often as you can. Learn something new. Try something new. Go somewhere new. Push yourself. Set a goal, even a silly goal, and work to achieve it." Jeff Haden from his article on Inc.com