Too much to do with not enough time!
As a follow-up to the previous article about gaming, I’d like to share few more interesting points.1. In a surgeon’s entry exam interview, a veteran game player gets extra credits for having dexterous hands. 2. The 2005 CPL (Cyber athlete Professional League) World Tour was a year-long gaming competition with the grand prize totaling 1 million US dollars. Its main sponsor happened to be Intel, the world’s largest chip maker.3. Game playing can also become one’s profession with game testing comprising of the majority of the work. One of these companies in Montreal is VMC Game Labs, a video game testing and quality assurance firm. Therefore, gaming, contrary to what many think, has its benefits, with self-discipline and good time management, the topic for this article.
Richard Leucke, a business writer for the Harvard Business School Publishing once wrote about eight questions that people should ask themselves as self-reflection (http://cawc.net/images/uploads/wcc/5-2-burrows.pdf). When you get into an elevator, do you press the close button rather than wait for the door to close? Are 30 per cent of your dinners either take-out or heat-and-serve? Do you eat in your car while driving? Though I only mentioned three of those questions, if you answered yes to any of these, then time management skills probably isn’t one of your strengths.
Time management is a subject that is rarely talked about but is of upmost importance. Managing time is all about balancing opportunities or responsibilities and prioritizing them and like any other skill, it takes practice. It is a skill that must be taught at a young age and constantly refined as it will affect all aspects of one’s life: school, work, relationships, etc. Elimination of procrastination and avoidance of tasks, more productivity, more time to relax and of course, the overall increase of time are just some of the benefits that come with proper time management.
So what can be done to cultivate this skill? Early on, a good place to begin educating your child is to help them set up a hierarchy of priorities. Then, have your child practice using the hierarchy of priorities when they are planning how they want to spend their day. Begin by providing two options and seeing how he/she should proceed. If he/she has homework due for the following day and is offered to go over to his/her friend’s house to play, which task should be done first? By showing them the pros and cons of each, they’ll slowly pick up on the better decision. A good way of organizing time may be seen in how multimillionaire Warren Buffet lives his life. He lists all the tasks that he wishes to accomplish that day. He begins on the top of the list and doesn’t continue until the task has been completed and then crosses it off.
Prioritizing the tasks at hand is something that we hear all the time, but sometimes importance alone is not enough to measure up. US President Dwight D. Eisenhower apparently was a master of time management and thus has a matrix named after him. It requires one to separate tasks according to their urgency and importance. Important means it will help one obtain the quality of life that is most valuable to them. Urgent just means it needs immediate attention. More often than not, the urgent tasks that we have usually are not very important and if possible, we can delegate them to someone else.
Managing time well is a learned skill and only gets harder as we grow older. The number of hours in a day does not change while the opportunities presented to us as well as our responsibilities keep on increasing. Therefore, early education on this crucial topic is vital. Knowing how to weigh options, which tasks need to be done immediately and which ones can wait as well as the effects it will have on the rest of the schedule can only help to improve productivity and create a more stress-free life. A quote from Charles Buxton puts it best: “You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.”
Do we really have to much work?
Why is it that we can't make time for this or that and end up doing it late at night? Is it laziness?