Ask Lewis: What is Time Management?

This is a transcript of a class I recently offered on time management. Within the class, much of which comes from my book “Gamification for Business” we discussed  Personal time management tips,  time game theory, gamification, project management,  time procrastination, stress, anxiety disorders,  efficiency,  the Peter Principle Taylorism, and other theories on productivity tied to the work of Frederick Winslow Taylor

Ask Lewis: What is Time Management?

Lewis Answers: Let’s begin with a definition of time. Time – A continuous, measurable, progression of perceived existence. Among most groups time is defined as the past, present and future presented as a whole.


Ask Lewis ::Why is an understanding of time important to the Harrison Mentoring Process?

Lewis Answers: The ability to understand and when necessary manage and control time is a key element to creating love and freedom in life.


Ask Lewis:I am familiar with the term “Time Management.” Can you discuss this concept?

Lewis Answers: Time management integrates a number of techniques that aim to increase the effectiveness of a person in keeping commitments while getting the things done that need to be done.


Ask Lewis ::Please explain this in greater detail.

Lewis Answers:  Time is not a physical thing. It is only a tool of measurement.


Ask Lewis: So, though time is only a concept, can one still learn to manage it?

Lewis Answers: Yes. All tasks require a certain amount (measurement) of time. The less time a person has to complete a task, the more his or her decisions will be based on urgency. The more urgency an individual requires, the higher his or her emotional and physical cost (stress) is going to be. The goal is to reduce urgency, and thus manage time more effectively. An abundance of time gives you the freedom to make choices of low risk. You can actually create a system for scheduling actions that will maximize effectiveness and productivity.


Ask Lewis: What are some tools or techniques I can apply to maximizing the value of time?

Lewis Answers:To-do-lists, time planners, calendars, effective budgeting, the setting of deadlines on projects, daily meditation, priority planning and goal management are among the most popular examples of time management strategies. For me, the most important tool is the ability to distinguish between my wants and needs?


Ask Lewis: How can I manage time more effectively.

Lewis Answers: To begin with time is not a “thing”. It is just an illusion we accept to make life more manageable. That being said here are some tips.

1. First thing in the morning make an “A Priority” List of what needs to be done that day. Include exercise time

2. Add 20% more time to the list than you think will be needed. Include 1/2 hour to do “Nothing”.

3. Focus on each task as scheduled, limiting interruptions.

4. You will soon see your effectiveness and efficiency increase dramatically. You will end your day with all tasks completed, without stress, and in a timely manner.

5. On some days you will have time left over and as you become more skilled at measuring time you will be able to add more tasks or more do “Nothing time” as you wish



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