Ok, I know that sounds cliche, like the tv commercial but when you think about it, just what is your time worth to you and to others? We all enjoy certain activities and so we find time for them, but what about all those other time consuming periods devoted to tasks, meetings, conferences? How much of your time is taken up on each of these.
I suspect the day will come when you will be able to analyse what you really do with your time. A kind of pie chart depicting your time/life activities. I think this will be a massive wake up call for many individuals who will see a large proportion of their time/life spent on activities which are less than productive.
Imagine a system which indicates that an individual has spent 75% or more of their productive hours either in front of a tv or computer screen. How will that change the way that person views their lifestyle.
We are already seeing the way people view entertainment change. People are recording programmes, not because they don’t have the time to watch at broadcast, but because they know you can skip the ads during playback is just the beginning. Attention spans are dwindling. In a world where anyone can be a journalist/film maker / publisher - the quality of input is diminished to a general chatter. We judge everything in a split second, breaking it down just like a computer system does – Zero or One. Yes or No. Good or Bad. Right or wrong. Want or don’t want. We are becoming used to making split decisions concerning our immediate needs and forming opinions about what interested us for the next 8 seconds and so on. But view the patterns of our lives with computerised efficiency and I wonder if we will like what we discover.
I believe in the future, we will all become less frivolous with our time. The medias which currently bombard us, trying to gain a few minutes of our attention, will eventually accept this no longer works. People will become much more selective about who is seeking to get their attention and why. The veneer of popularity which having 500+ friends on Facebook might ostensibly seem to confer is illusory and damaging. Attempting to maintain that many friends will have an adverse affect on your small group of real friends. If you are trying to find the time to stay in touch and genuinely interested in so many lives, something has to suffer. Invariably at the moment, it will be your close group who will notice the dilution of your attention. Of course, this will be reciprocated – will we lose real friendships in favour of a multitude of acquaintances? I seriously doubt it. These relationships will be even more valued and the maintenance of those relationships will benefit from systematic scheduling.
Time saving devices intended to help us waste less time are for nothing if we allow our time to be frittered away for other reasons ie. Telephone conversations which go on and on, meetings which go on and on, missed calls and missed returned calls.
Why not opt for a personalised scheduling system. A system which helps to coordinate personal and business commitments seamlessly. Like having an army of assistants all intent on optimising your life. Filtering out noise, presenting you with what is relevant in your life.