10 Different Ways To Break A Day Into Hours

I should retain some semblance of structure in regards to this blog. In regards to coming up with ideas, lists are one of the ways I do so.

There is very little making our method of measuring and breaking up time better than any other. I would say there is none but I’d like to give the benefit of the doubt so here are twelve ways of counting hours. For the sake of this list minutes and seconds remain constant only the definition of hours change. (looking back at this after having started to write the list I regret this so very much.)
I had the feeling that if hours were longer people would value them more, but if they were shorter people would be more likely to start projects as they would say in an hour and it would be sooner. I haven’t thought this through yet, so I don’t know whether longer or shorter hours would be better and by how much, but think of it like this: “I’ll do it in an hour”, “We’ll work for just half an hour”, “I’ve worked for 4 hours in a row”, we use hours as an easy shorthand for time and rarely think in more complex fractions than a half or a quarter (half of a half), so changing how long an hour is will change how we distribute time just because of the ways we apply it.

The list itself

  1. Thirty-six 40 minute long hours – While it might be a little jarring to think of hours as 40 minutes long we can have clocks and time-telling devices that simulate the day-night cycle and we can even have a nice little graphic of what time it is where the sunlight is coming from and how much of the day is daylight.
  2. Twelve Double length hours – I just want to see how this would work from a productivity standpoint
  3. Twenty 72 minute long hours – it may feel weird to us but I’m just making hour-per-day a multiple of ten instead of minute-per-hour. And then only having 2 minutes left is more dramatic; at least too me multiples of 10 and all that
  4. Sixteen 90 minute hours – for those who are two afraid to double it. Because some people find Hexadecimal beautiful.
  5. Eighteen 80 minute hours – For some reason, I find the idea of making hours longer easier to comprehend than making hours shorter. Otherwise, this was just easy for me to calculate

    Eight… no, I’m not doing that I’m not that lazy.
  6. Thirty 48 minute long hours – If I’m thinking hour-per-day as a multiple of ten having 30 seems easier than 20. Maybe it’s the rule of three, maybe I’m weird, and maybe I’m just not used to 10 being when we restart counting, going 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 1… just hits that uncanny valley for me.
  7. Forty-eight 30 minute long hours – let’s just make them half the length shall we, right half an hour will seem really short and at this point, it just seems like hours will have less weight so we’d come up with a word for a longer period of time (I don’t know 60 minutes?) and use that instead.

    14.4 hours per day… no, I’m not doing this right now. While it fits my criteria it would never be used by humans, would it? – this would mean there are exactly 100 minutes an hour and forty minutes extra in a day. This could actually work but I’ll be setting a bad president and measuring time would be hell.
  8. Ten 144 minute long hours – I think this is as long I’ll be making hours but imagine day being 5 hours and night being 5 hours, might as well call them fifths.
  9. Thirty-two 45 minute long hours – If you find Hexadecimal beautiful and want shorter hours.

    I don’t know I’ve done all the easy multiples up to halves and… Oh well, here we go.
  10. Eight 180 minute long hours – Days will be split into quarters or watches. Not a good time measurement in my opinion hours would be so long we’d come up with a word for a fraction of an hour but I don’t know if it would be half (practically 90 minute hours) or something else

One comment

  1. But you are missing the whole world of ten hours of ten minutes of ten seconds of ten moments of ten blinks. Who says a second needs to be as long as it is now.
    Or one day, of two halves, of three phases, of four hours, of five cigarette breaks of six moments of 10 movements of a dozen secs.

    The possibilities are endless. This is fun.

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