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The Business Intelligence of Time

Time is the most utilized and analyzed statistic. Prognoses: How much time do you think something will take? What does it cost per hour and is it worth it? How far are we traveling and how much time will that take? How much time do we have left and how does that translate into resources and cost? Time Management as cost conscious, long term, Business Intelligence.

Time as Courage: A thesis is presented where time is described as a facet of our best qualities. Lack of time in this case being presented as a tool of avoidance. Imagine Courage as an aspect of time. Courage says: “I have two hours on Saturday that I can spare but I want to spend these two hours on painting my nails, cleaning the bath tub and I have a nap planned at two o’clock sharp. Unfortunately, I will not be able to meet. Can we meet next Saturday instead?” Of course, it is not easy to say NO. To say NO may create conflict, dissatisfaction and other negative responses that we, peace loving, well functioning passive aggressive humans do not want to deal with. That is where courage comes in as one of the most important tools for time planning. The ability to courageously say: “No, I will not be able to attend to your need.

Time as Respect: Another theory presents Respect and time planning as two sides of the same coin. Apparently, respect for time generates respect in other areas of life. An example of time versus respect is the art of keeping promises. If a child requests for time and attention, and the parent promises to be available at a certain time and place, either to attend to an errand or to show support, showing up in time is a silent sign of a parent respecting the child. It is not enough to show up though, an attentive attendance makes the time spent even more meaningful. It also teaches the child the value of time. Killing two birds with one stone. Time as a tool of life and respect as a part of time management. When a leader or a friend is responsible for planning another person‘s time, time then has to treated as a product, a space, a resource, intellectual property. Just as clothes, shoes, rooms, books, cars, money etcetera. It is disrespectful to give away other people’s property without asking, without consideration and without consultation. If a person is constantly misusing other people’s time, that person adversely affects other people’s ability to plan their day, to fulfill their promises to others and themselves.

Time as Passion: A third theory aligns time with passion. Apparently, we spend most of our time on the things, people and causes that we feel passionate about. If you know your passions, and other people’s passions, then you know where most of the available time will be dedicated. Whatever we care about, whatever we think or feel is important, that which touches our values, our believes, or dreams, our inner selves, we are willing to devote time to that. However, as in all other matters, nothing lives a full life in a vacuum. To follow our passions, we need courage, respect and time. Time in this case as space for creativity. These three enable us to stand for our sentiments, in respect for ourselves. Additionally, courage and respect nudge us to respect others enough to let them choose how to divide their time and space between passion and duty.

Time as Effort or Energy: The fourth theory refers to time as the estimation of effort required to execute a task in relation to available energy or power. Estimation of time goes hand in hand with prioritization of one task or activity against another. If everything is critically important, life and death important, then nothing is important enough. All effort is a waste of time and resources. The complicated art of setting priority, investing courage, showing respect and engaging with passion in the prioritized is also the art of saving time. With the limited energy we all have, no an ounce of it should be wasted without passion, respect or courage. Or do I mean: With the limited time we all have, no an ounce of it should be wasted without passion, respect or courage?

Courage commands Respect, Respect cements Passion and Passion floods life’s endeavors with Energy

Someone quite appropriately coined the statement Time is Money. I counter with: Time is Space. Personal Space, Organizational Space, Collaboration Space, Financial Space. Time wasters are therefore space wasters. It should be possible and plausible to sue time wasters as the resource wasters they are. Nobody should be allowed to presume that they have the right to encroach or guzzle another persons time without consequences or repercussions.

 However, the person who has no respect for his/her own time cannot master enough respect for another’s time. Therefore, a leader who doesn’t understand the value of time cannot be entrusted with time planning.

What are your thoughts about Time Management and leadership?

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