Assignment Time Management Assignment Author`s

Assignment:Time Management Assignment

Author’s

ReadingAssignment 1

Theauthor categorizes time into clock time and the event time. Heobserves that clock time is faster and that beginning and ending ofevents is dictated by the time on the clock. Events time on the otherhand is guided by events. Time is marked by the beginning and endingof events. Even time tend to be more flexible and slower. For examplein Burundi, events attributable to cows mark daytime while images tomark nighttime. On the contrary, students of Colombia University marktime as guided by the clock. The clock determines when to eat despiteone being hungry or not. In cultures guided by the clock time, timeequates to money whereas time and money are do not interrelate incultures where time is guided by events (Levine, 2006).

Theauthor further discusses the tempo of different cultures on the basisof time. He categorizes cultures on the basis of time into slow andfast cultures. In his experiment, Lavine (2006) uses variables suchas walking speed, postal times and accuracy of clock machines tomeasure the pace of life. He found out that life is fastest in theindustrialized Western Countries, and also in Japan, but slowest inthe non-industrialized nations of the Middle East, Africa, LatinAmerica and Asia. Some countries are however slow despite the factthat they live by the clock time e.g. in Mexico. This can beattributed to Mexican culture whereby punctuality is almostnon-existent (Levine, 2006).

Theculture of workaholism in Japan is strange to me and quite unusual.Ordinarily, personal health takes precedent overwork for majority ofcultures. Many cultures also value vacation and start planning earlyfor their retirement. However, this is not the case in Japan wherebywork seems more important than health. Japanese people also avoidgoing for vacations so that they can work and they work hard to avoidretirement. There are reported incidences where people of Japan workthemselves to death. As a result, Karoshi hotlines were establishedto offer help for employees suffering from illness related to workand also counsel families bereaved from work-related complications(Levine, 2006).

WrittenAssignment 1

MakingTime: Time Management and the Sociocultural Construction of Timecourse

Goals:

1.To improve my time management skills. Over time, I have not managedmy time in the best way. It has been a daunting task to balanceschool, family, work and personal time. As a result, I enrolled onthis course to improve my time management skills.

2.To understand the sociocultural construction of time. As I travelledaround the world and read about different cultures, I realized thatnot all cultures are guided by time of the timepiece machine like myculture. At some point, I could not understand how some cultures donot use time on the clock but instead rely on events to mark time.This necessitated me to enroll for the time management course tolearn about time in other cultures.

Writtenassignment 2

Week:25 – 31 Jan 2015

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Midnight

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

Sleep

1 a.m.

2 a.m.

3 a.m.

4 a.m.

5 a.m.

Pray / Simple body exercise

Pray / Simple body exercise

Pray / Simple body exercise

Pray / Simple body exercise

Pray / Simple body exercise

6 a.m.

Prepare for work / Breakfast

Prepare for work / Breakfast

Prepare for work / Breakfast

Prepare for work / Breakfast

Prepare for work / Breakfast

7 a.m.

Prepare for church / Breakfast

Drive to work / Drop kids to school

Drive to work / Drop kids to school

Drive to work / Drop kids to school

Drive to work / Drop kids to school

Drive to work / Drop kids to school

Prepare for school / Breakfast

8 a.m.

Drive to church

Morning meeting / Review the week ahead

Emails / Work

Emails / Work

Emails / Work

Board meeting

Pay bills / Errands

9 a.m.

Church service

Emails

Work

Work

Work

Classes

10 a.m.

Tea break / Work

Tea break / Work

Tea break / Work

Tea break / Work

Tea break / Work

11 a.m.

Work

Work

Work

Work

Work

12

Lunch

1 p.m.

Family outing

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

2 p.m.

Work / Paperwork

Work / Paperwork

Work / Paperwork

Work / Paperwork

Work / Paperwork

Lunch

3 p.m.

Social

4 p.m.

Attend a football match

5 p.m.

Social

Drive home / Pick up kids from school

Drive home / Pick up kids from school

Drive home / Pick up kids from school

Drive home / Pick up kids from school

Drive home / Pick up kids from school

6 p.m.

Drive home / Play with kids

Play with kids

Play with kids

Play with kids

Play with kids

Happy Hour

Drive home / play with kids

7 p.m.

Dinner / Family time

Dinner / Family time

Dinner / Family time

Dinner / Family time

Dinner / Family time

Dinner / Family time

Dinner / family time / Watch Television

8 p.m.

Put kids to bed

Put kids to bed

Put kids to bed

Put kids to bed

Put kids to bed

Put kids to bed

9 p.m.

Watch news / cleanup / prepare for tomorrow

Watch news / cleanup / prepare for tomorrow

Watch news / cleanup / prepare for tomorrow

Watch news / cleanup / prepare for tomorrow

Watch news / cleanup / prepare for tomorrow

Time with my wife

Watch news / whole family goes to bed

10 p.m.

Sleep

Study

Study

Study

Study

Sleep

11 p.m.

Sleep

Ihave been a poor time manager. As I strive to improve on my timemanagement skills, I plan to stick to my schedule to the extentpossible for the next one week and beyond. I intend to balance work,study and family as indicated in the schedule. Often times, timeseems limited to the intended activity which I attribute to my ratherslow speed. I intend to work on my speed and my discipline towardstime.

Referencelist

LevineR. (2006). AGeography of Time.Oxford, OX: Oneworld Publications.

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