Chances are you lead a very busy life, and things are very time intensive. If you’re one of those people who likes to set your clocks forward so you can run ahead of schedule, then the Apple Watch will let you do that.

Setting the time forward is one of those old tricks a lot of people use to fool themselves into thinking they’re operating ahead of schedule. Normally, all you would do is wind the minute hand ahead — so instead of leaving for work at 8 AM you’re out the door at “8:10”.

The problem with a device like the Apple Watch is you can’t manually set the time because it automatically syncs with your iPhone.

The Watch OS offers a workaround to this problem, however, by allowing you to set the clock a few minutes ahead. This way, the false time is displayed on the watch face, but any reminders, appointments, and events are still shown at the actual time they occur.

To set the time ahead, first access the Watch settings, then tap “Time” (as shown above).

You can set the time anywhere from one to 59 minutes ahead. In our example, we’re setting it ahead at a reasonable 10 minutes fast. Use the digital crown to wind the time forward and then tap “Set” to make your changes.

You can set the time ahead from one to 59 minutes.

Now, when we return to our watch face, it shows the time as being 10 minutes ahead of the actual time.

You can tell the time has been set ahead because the time in Cupertino (CUP) is still displayed as 2:25.

Remember, any notifications, such as appointments and reminders, will still occur at the actual time. This ensures that you don’t forget and waltz into a meeting or show up for a doctor’s appointment 10 minutes late.

Be sure to note that this feature is far different from Time Travel, which lets you wind the clock ahead and backward to see what kind of upcoming or past events you have.

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