If I were in the C-suite, however, I would feel like I could control time. No, really! There's a new U.C. Berkeley study to back it up. Before we start discussing the study, however, let's cue The Chambers Brothers. I mean come on, it's late July and we're talking about U.C. Berkeley! No other business writer is going to do this for you.
Anyway, a Wall Street Journal article tells us about the study, which explored our humanistic perceptions of time. The researchers had more than 550 men and women do some role play and answer various questions concerning their control over the clock. They were asked, for example, if they felt like "time was slipping away" and if they "have a lot of time to get things done" and you know what many of them said? I'm going to tell you what they said: No, there never seems to be enough time.
The good news? Our sense of control over time and space apparently increases with our level of power and prestige. By extension, this means if we're in a position of authority (a.k.a. management), then we think we're better overall time managers. Now go hit that deadline for the boss. You can do it; you only have to write a 50-page report in less than two hours, or order special parts from China that have to be here by yesterday. It's really no problem, especially if you can hand it off to somebody else.
Sigh. This study might explain a lot, actually, about the confusing time management discrepancies that can happen between management and staff. In other words, how on earth does the boss think this project can get done by Friday?! Well, now we might know.
I wish I had more time to go into detail, but I'm on summertime. Maybe the time has come today for some online time management courses for bloggers? Enjoy the summer, and please take some time to smell the roses, will you?