According to NASA, the magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan on 11 March may have shifted the Earth on its axis and also shortened the length of our days.� As if we weren�t under enough time pressure already!

Don’t worry; you won’t notice the difference.

Richard Gross of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in California has calculated that the change in the distribution of the Earth’s mass should have caused Earth to rotate a bit faster, shortening the length of our days by about 1.8 microseconds (a microsecond is one millionth of a second).� This is a preliminary calculation, so the figure may change as more data becomes available for scientists to analyse.

Yes, tomorrow is 1 April

� but this is not a spoof: it�s a genuine observation with a real message.

If all you are worried about is how to get everything done today, then take a moment to think about other people who have something rally serious to worry about.

Getting your troubles into perspective is also an essential part of time management.

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