I personally set the hourly chime on my talking clock, so that each hour it says the time.
I then think "oh, ----- so it's eleven O.clock is it? I really ought to think about stopping and sleeping now, ---- I'll just ----"
And do this pretty much on any subsequent hour until i actually fall asleep.
I'd like a west minster chiming clock, ---- but more for the style points than because I actually think it would be useful ;D.
As regards "timing things though" John Banic of 7-128 software actually put together a great free talking timer program which I pretty much use whenever I'm cooking, ---- it's ven called dark timer.
Hope this explains things.
With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)