should i get the hint and start of with something easier
Yes, while a clock is not difficult it is defiantly not a raw beginners project. Look at the learning section of this websitehttp://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/HomePage
And read through them and do one or two. Get the parts needed for the project you are doing.
One good source of projects is the Earthshine book, it is free to download.dave.lab6.com/acid/dump/2009/ASKManual.pdf
They also sell starter kits:-www.earthshineelectronics.com/
However there are other such kits available.