Either you’re using time.
Or it’s using you.
You can watch the clock, but if you do, it’s watching you.
Clocks have an agenda. They aren’t a part of the human condition–they’re fairly recent. They enabled industrialism, and the very fact that they have an ‘alarm’ built in is a clue.
It’s definitely possible to put time to good use.
But if we’re without a compass and a goal, we can find it using us.