If I Had the Power to Stop Time, I Would Take a Nap

Maybe not the most exciting use of the potential time, yet the most appealing by miles

Sarah McManus MSc
3 min readJul 28, 2022


Photo by Alexander Possingham on Unsplash

It’s a question that we’ve all asked ourselves or a power we’ve wished for. There are never enough hours in the day and having a tool that would give us more time, without the expense of losing any time would benefit us all. Right now I’m working a tiring full-time day job, building an online specialist platform, plus writing on Medium as well as writing a novel.

Now, I’m not complaining in the least, I love to be busy and I’m blessed to have the opportunity to do all this stuff. In a pre-internet world, it would have been impossible to do what I’m doing. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I’ve been writing my whole life, and for most of that time, I believed I’d have to follow the traditional publishing route to get anywhere. I’m incredibly lucky to live in the time I do, with the access I have, that I can be an independent author instead. Being an indie writer means I get to be in complete control of everything I do. It also means that I’m responsible for everything I do, and that can be tiring!

Along with writing forever, I’ve struggled with my mental health forever, so I understand the importance of self-care. I make sure that I maintain a balance between working hard and having time to relax and enjoy myself. Thankfully, I enjoy the work that I do and I have a home environment where it’s possible for me to get work done pretty much any time that I’m home. As everyone creating content knows though, any time you’re awake is a time you could make the most of by creating.

In this coming week, I’m working late afternoon-evening shifts which means I can work on writing projects for most of each day. Generally, I make sure I take a day off from it all at least once during a week like this, but sometimes I get too carried away.

So, taking all of this into account, it would be perfect if I could just occasionally pause time and take a nap. I wouldn’t have to feel guilty, or put any pressure on myself to maximize my time, I could rest during the day and still get work done. I’d be even more productive!

Oh well, until some genius scientists figure out how to make a Time Turner, I’ll just have to keep making good use of my time.

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Sarah McManus MSc

Sarah is a UK-based writer with an MSc in Psychology. She writes about mental health & Neurodiversity. She is also the Owner and Editor of The Blade & Beyond.