To dream of counting objects represents feelings accountability. It may also reflect an attempt to gain certainty about how difficult or easy a problem is.
To dream of a countdown represents feelings about limited time and a possible inevitable closure event. Sensitivity about time running out or losing out on an opportunity. Desperation to complete something in your life. Feeling of pending disaster or crisis. Concerns about losing out on a short lived opportunity.
To dream of counting numbers in increasing order represents feelings of attentiveness to each and every moment mattering as a situation increases in intensity. It may also reflect feelings of attentiveness to the slow worsening of of a problem. Attentiveness to the increasing level of danger in a situation. Experiencing an inevitable increase of some kind. Feeling that a situation is hopelessly getting worse. Observing problems getting worse.
To dream of counting numbers in decreasing order represents attentiveness to each and ever moment mattering as a situation decreases in intensity. It may also reflect attentiveness to each and every moment mattering as you experience a decreasing level of danger in a situation. Experiencing an inevitable reduction. Feeling that time is hopelessly running out. Feeling that a situation is hopelessly losing power or leverage. Experiencing a lessening or worsening of some area of your life. Observing problems slowly being reduced.