The time of it
This week I found myself walking around with a Christmas tree. Yes, Christmas in the middle of June. I felt uneasily out of time and out of sorts.
It got me thinking about regimental time-bound lifestyles. Why do we have to bow to artificial man-made time enforcements? Some quick examples –
- Most workplaces begin and end their workdays at approximately the same times
- Most workplaces allow lunchtimes over the same narrow time periods
- Most colleges and schools have their academic calendar starting in September and ending in June
- Most tv stations chose 9pm for their prime time news slot
The biggest “for” argument is that strict and specific time-slots puts structure on activities and people. Otherwise, we risk living in chaos. Coordination and execution of activities could become very difficult indeed. Routine would not exist and without it the learning curve for each day would be very high. In your daily life, how many things do you do in a specific time frame and at a specific time? The answer might surprise you.
Even with such fixed time structures we need “time management” skills to manage this already structured concept of time. People pay good money to learn how to manage their allocation of time so as not to waste a minute. Multi-tasking is a valued skill as it allows achievement of more within a given timeframe. Technology allows instant communication, optimising time allowances.
Perhaps we have it wrong. Why are we slaves to time structures we ourselves have put in place? Surely some flexibility would be a good idea. What’s the worst that could happen if tomorrow you changed your typical time management routines for the day? Go on…. try it………
By the way, is anyone wondering about the reason for the Christmas tree in June?