Just read this article on Mother Jones regarding our perception of time is being distorted because we get more and more impatient as networks speed up and we crave more of that 'instant gratification'.
I think one way not to get lost is to try and create something. Making podcasts and taking pictures really provides an anchor for me. Sometimes I am that very person they describe when waiting for a Web page to load, but never when I'm producing something.
I believe it's knowing what the process takes that has that calming effect.
This can also explain the hysteria surrounding the Game of Thrones books and why people are 'antsy' because the 6th book isn't being released this year. These things simply take time.