Have you come to realize the time data anchor? Time has value and your expectations for its use might be impacting everything you do.
How much time do you spend doing laundry, cutting the lawn, or shopping for groceries?
What about professional growth, studying a topical area, or how many years until you retire?
When you take your car for repair, there is an estimate on time. Sign up for the workshop and you’ll know a start time and end time.
In the workplace, there may be a time parameter for processing an order, talking with a customer, or a staff meeting.
In life and in business we cling to data anchors. That data or parameter sets the stage for how much, how long, or how often.
The expectation of time can be both a blessing and a curse. While it may provide some meaningful measurement is it limiting expectations or setting too lofty of a goal?
Time Data Anchor
Time is often measured with averages. The average time it takes for the car repair, your average wait for customer representative, or the average length of time to attain an advanced certificate or degree.
When the average becomes the anchor, everyone has a similar expectation and a similar result.
Why should the meeting last an hour? Would 47 minutes be better, or should it be 16? If you decided to meet for two and a half hours, do you get a more impactful result?
In some cases, the measurement of quality is calculated by the investment in time. If you whip up a chocolate cake in thirty minutes, is it as delightful as one that was created in two hours?
It is similar for craftsman, artists, and book authors. In some cases longer is perceived as better.
The opposite side of course is shorter. The drive-through restaurant, the boot-up of your computer, or the load time of the website.
How you spend your time may have a significant impact on your professional skills, your career goals, and what you will accomplish in the next decade.
When you spend more time on something that provides value with more use, it creates a better end result. You’ll have something better than average. Consider your job skills, the artist’s painting, and perhaps your fitness program.
The time spent in the drive-through line likely isn’t going to improve your meal, your earning potential, or your waistline.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.