Eying the clock during the workday is stressful, but Studio Ayaskan - a London-based design company - has a solution. A desktop clock that combines a conventional analog timekeeper with a Zen Garden:

Instead of reading numbers, you can tell time by reading the patterns in the sand. And if it breaks, you could convert it into a desktop sand castle.

This is part of a Civilized series on elevating your desk accessories. Check out the Mini Museum and the hand-crafted NES Emulator.

h/t Mental Floss, Hype Beast