This time write with a symbol in mind. Focus in on it early. For example, the first thing you describe is a clock: go into detail about the ticking sound it makes, its unique look (cuckoo, grandfather, a plastic sun or imbedded in the belly of a purple elephant), whether it is on time, slow or fast, not working at all. As you move away from the clock, bring in the rest of the scene, but very carefully and subtly, also bring in other time-related items. A worn sock, wrinkle cream on the dresser, a comic desktop flip calendar, a planner, egg timer, etc.
So pick your symbol and maintain the reference, gently, with care and not so it clobbers the reader over the head.