If the very word “time” elicits a tight, edgy feeling in your chest and makes your temples throb, you are not alone. Growing numbers of Americans feel increasingly pressed for time. Creative Class people do tend to work long hours, but the biggest news about time goes deeper than how long our workdays are. The key change is that our use of time has intensified. We now try to pack every moment full of activities and experiences—at work, at home, and at leisure. In the process, the ways in which we think about time as well as use it are being warped into new configurations.
This intensification of the experience of time began with the advent of the clock, which created a more finely divided day, changing the nature of work ...