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What does the term, "time management" mean to you?

Asked by FR07en (161points) September 6th, 2010

I recently encountered a SOHO (small office/home office) guru who provided her take on the issue of time management as it relates to how best to run one’s own business efficiently. Her philosophy was to see “time” as a resource and precious commodity. I liked her thoughts. Now I’d like to get yours as well. Thanks:)

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zen_'s avatar

Work as little as possible to be able to pay the bills, leaving as much free time as I can to be with the kids, read, enjoy life and fluther.

Ben_Dover's avatar

Time Management to me is a tiny office in the 27th century in the Time Portal Security Forces Division of the Relativity Central Inspectorate.
This office is run by a small man with a pencil mustache and mutton-chop side-burns whose job it is to oversee unscheduled traffic through the Milky Way Wormhole Expressway.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Its something i’m not very good at. Fluther has a lot to do with this….

Cruiser's avatar

For me it involves managing not only your time but others as well. We all have our jobs to do and when you have to involve other peoples time I always treat their time like it was my own.

Austinlad's avatar

Extracting maximum productivity from a given period of time by systematically organizing and prioritizing the work needed to be done.

CaptainHarley's avatar

“Time Management” is nothing more than making the best use of your available time.

One technique we used was to write each thing you might want or need to do each day or week on 3×5 cards, then sort them from most important to least important. These would be family related, work related, etc., however you might have to or want to spend your time.

Then, after your initial sort, discard three. These three are the ones you would be willing to give up if you had to. Then do it again, and yet again, discarding three cards with the names of things you would give up if you had to, until you were left with only three. THOSE are the way you would prefer your time to be used. Then compare those with the way you actually DO use your time now. The results may surprise you.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

She charges for this insight? Anyone that’s ever led a life of meaning can tell you as much…time management, to me, means getting a lot of different things done per day without driving myself insane.

Trillian's avatar

I agre with your guru. One of the reasons I left my SO was his propensity to try to waste my time. Taking my car to get him drugs was never just “here, there and back”, because there would always be some delay. So there I’d be, doing something I didn’t want to do, in a place I didn’t want to be, with people I didn’t want to know. For literally hours. I have homework, I need to do things before I go to work. He and most of those people do not work and are not doing anything with their lives. Ten years from now, if they’re still alive, they’ll be doing the same thing. And so he seemed to think that other people don’t have shit else to do because he doesn’t.
But time, in this existence is a commodity with a value. My time has a high value and I decided that I needed to be the one who spends it. I don’t let others spend my time for me anymore. I spend it, I save it, I fritter it away as I choose.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Time is definitely precious. For me, time management is getting all the things I need to get done in a timely manner so I have more time to enjoy the things I want to do. It’s getting all the housework done when no one else is home so that I can enjoy the time with my family when they are home (instead of worrying about doing housework). It’s allowing my son to do his homework in the evening so he can enjoy the daylight and spend time playing with his friends. Stuff like that.

FR07en's avatar

@zen_ that’s a good idea, to work as little as possible in order to find time to do things you enjoy otherwise in life, but what about for those of us that derive pleasure from working? I mean personally, I’m the type of person that truly gets happy knowing I’ve done something productive every day, not just for the paycheck, but for the sense of purpose, and personal satisfaction, I suppose.

@Ben_Dover you know I love your answer, if only for its obvious comedic value, but what if the world were to become fixated in managing time to the point where there were officious settings to insure its allocation was precise? Would this not take the fun out of life in general for some people?

@uberbatman Fantastic answer, and I much agree… which is, in fact what likely prompted my first question posed to Fluther’s collective to be on on time management. Do you then think I should consider my time well-spent communicating with all the great people here? I like to think that it’s a productive thing I’m accomplishing by doing so. Would it be more productive to communicate and help others here on Fluther than perhaps on, say, Facebook or Twitter? I’m just wondering, because I’m a marketing minded person, and I love what technology and social networking bring to the table in that respect.

@Cruiser In my way of thinking, the ability to show empathy is a sure sign of high intelligence, and your answer (and the fact, though I’ve never considered looking at it that way, I embrace its concept,) makes me smile. But what about if we go too far with our prioritising, making other’s time more valuable than our own? I think that’s perhaps what I do, at least sometimes. Do you think that’s a bad thing?

@Austinlad Your answer is clean, concise, and thanks for it. Is that then indication of how you manage your time as well; in a very lateral fashion? Is there room ever, do you you think, for deviation from the norm of it though?

@CaptainHarley As I say, I think that your answer provides a nice way of prioritising one’s time. However, considering that it would take time to create the materials necessary to physically organise and intangible, like time, do you also make a card that addresses how much time it would take to create these cards? I’m a bit of an over-thinker… forgive me. :)

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Nono… well if you buy her book, then I suppose, yes. I was turned onto this woman “Rene Johnson” I think is her name, by way of a friend I have that runs her own business. She posts various relevant videos and how-tos to help others find their way in start ups on places like Twitter and Facebook as well as other social networking sites. When I ran across this video on recognising your time as something precious as a resource, I was stunned I’d not ever really considered it as such. But I’m with you on the multi-tasking without driving yourself insane. On that note, then, what with all the technology in the past decade or so, do you think the ability to multi-task more easily is a boon to society or a hinderance, since it causes the mind to have to focus on so many more things at one time? Do you think that’s helped the quality of, let’s say, products, or even something as simple as communication with one another, to progress, or has it declined?

@Trillian Your answer is so very insightful in that it lends itself to the reader (I’m a writer, so I say that sort of thing… forgive me:P ) who is likely able to recognise at least a similar personal experience where he or she was forced to eventually realise that time IS a precious commodity, not to be wasted by others’ determination of its worth. So then, then thinking on @Cruiser ‘s response to the question, saying that others’ time should be considered as valuable one’s own time, with your decision to guard your own time with care, do you still then value other’s time as much, or are you of the opinion that to each his own (time) ?

@Seaofclouds I think that my guru was right, and everyone’s answers have validated my thinking on that, including yours. In relation to housework, I find it interesting that so many people seem no longer to consider this sort of work a priority, rather putting it aside when they’ve nothing else to do. So you’re saying in your prioritising of your time, you get done the things you feel you NEED to get done, so that you can do the things you WANT to do. But, again, as I asked @zen_ earlier, what if one of the things you WANT to do is housework? I ask because I’m like that.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@FR07en If housework is one of the things you want to do, then you do it. I make a lot of lists for the things I want and need to do. The things that have a specific timeline go at the top of the list. Then the things I want or need without having to have them done go on the list in the order I would like to have them done. Where you put housework on your list is completely up to you.

FR07en's avatar

@Seaofclouds I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t really have much I WANT to do. It seems to me that all I want to do is whatever is the right thing to do. Even when I’m relaxing, I tend to want to do whatever it is I’m doing to relax the best that I can. That’s probably a crazy way to be, and truthfully, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is. But I’ve only just recently noticed I’m this way. It’s a wonder I haven’t killed myself just trying to relax perfectly :P

Ben_Dover's avatar


…but what if the world were to become fixated in managing time to the point where there were officious settings to insure its allocation was precise? Would this not take the fun out of life in general for some people?”

Which is precisely why there is a major strike ongoing in the 27th century in the Relativity Central Inspectorate. This strike of course is the only reason I am allowed to inform beings in the past like yourselves of the Time Portal Security Forces Division of the Relativity Central Inspectorate and the Milky Way Wormhole Expressway.

CaptainHarley's avatar


LOL! Actually, it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes: “Time with famiily,” “Time working at work,” Time working at home,” “Time doing housework,” “Time with recreation,” “Time with hobbies,” “Time on the computer,” Time talking on the phone ( other than work ),” etc. You see? : )

Trillian's avatar

@FR07en I would never presume to obligate the time belongig to another person. If I were to sugggest that this or that person might be the best option or person to ask about something or to do a specific job, I would always add; of course, that’s always subject to what he/she has going on and if he/she is willing to take the time to do it. I have immense respect for the time of others.

FR07en's avatar

@Ben_Dover again, I’m so happy to have you to let me know there’s to even BE a future in well… our future at this point:P

@CaptainHarley Yes I see, and thanks for drawing it all up nice ‘n tidy for me. I like that bit of extra help there… saves on time, it does ;) Incidentally, did you happen to notice in my last reply (before this one, that I accidentally used the conjunction “and” where I should have been using the article “an” ? I really hate when I do that:( Anyway, thanks for your reply here. I might have to spring for some cards after all then:)

Yes, dear @Trillian I noticed this right off:) I do hope you’re not as I am and putting other’s time so far ahead of your own that yours gets pushed to tomorrow, no? I do hope not. I think that’s my problem. However, I’ll keep my reply short (in respect of your time, of course:) ) And just say Thanks for your words once again:)

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