What got me thinking about “time” management was a recent survey questionnaire sent on Linked In asking what my daily time management technique was and how effective it worked for me. Stepping back for a moment, the concept of “time management” since childhood has fascinated me as how does one control something which is unseen and for the practical purposes of discussion doesn’t exist outside of the laboratory context? As when was it last that you actually held time in your hands, shoved it around on your crowded desk or even placed it up on a shelf to save for another day?
In short, you can’t and you won’t as “time” is nothing more than a chronological construct made up in our minds to help us make sense of the other “chronological” movements in our life such as the transitions of day to night or summer into winter much like the Norse created Thor, the “God of Thunder” to explain the loud explosive sounds ringing down from the heavens above their heads. Here too we as modern man have even created many of our own false gods to honor this fourth dimensional Spector naming them Rolex, Timex, Seiko and so on as we will even go so far as to strap these adornments to our bodies and parade them around in blind demonstration of our allegiance to this unseen deity.
As it’s here in our monochromatic existence for us “westerners” where we miss the real point as we’ve spent the last century of industrialization questing for the holy grail of “time management” only to find the chalice we sought was a false god in that it isn’t time which requires management, it’s the accomplishments we wish to achieve in that same measured space. Simply put, it is the “tasks” which require measurement and not the “perceived” length or duration for the “tasks” which form the primary success driver.
It’s here also in a monochromatic world where Parkinson’s Law which says “work will fill the time allotted” can exist as it’s a kin to designing the box before the product much like wagging the dog, rather than the tail. As in the realm of the polychromatic world, we see that Parkinson is turned on his head, therefore “time expands for the work required” allowing for an entirely new set of rules to emerge. Here we see the archetypical paradigm of “time as the master” be brought to its knees as we see the industrial juggernaut of the “polychromatic” Asia rising to power as our “monochromatic” economic engines start to run on fumes.
It’s clear, its “time” for a change as our tried and true “monotone” scheme of [time] realization has run the course and is now ready for the pasture as its genes are no longer even worth placing out for stud as the next race is yet a fully new “race” to be had as the old one is to worn for repair. As the future will be focused on “achievement” rather than the time taken, instead of as Seth Godin puts a “culture of attendance” where people simply log time. They will now “crowd” together to form “achievements“, however this is all I have “time” to write today…