March 9, 2014

Springing Forward: Does it Help?

The debate over daylight saving time – which affects much of the planet – has been going on for a couple of hundred years. Does it save energy? Does it give us more time to do things? Does it help our lives? Governments can’t get more than a third of the registered voters to cast a ballot in any election, so the chances of the entire planet agreeing on this issue would be zero. So we can move on.

We know our most precious resource is time yet how often do we spend it unwisely? Discussions about the pros and cons of moving our clocks an hour happen twice a year. The rest of the time we grumble about how busy we are doing busy things being busy. Time flies, life moves fast, and suddenly we reach a point where we take stock and try to calculate how much of our finite time we actually spend enjoying this experience called life.

It's just clocks and money?

David Thackston wrote: “A positive effect that Daylight Saving Time has on the economy is that it gives people the opportunity to spend more time outside of their homes in the evenings, attending sports events, shopping, and in most all cases, spending money.”

As leaders, how can we ensure the entire team is spending their time wisely rather than doing busy things that make us all look like we’re progressing? Perchance we should take a moment to pause and reflect how we are spending our time together. We may not need that additional meeting this week. Perhaps we should afford people more time to grow and think and create.

Or we can continue to complain that we have no time.
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Kneale Mann | Leadership Strategist, consultant, writer, speaker, executive coach facilitating performance growth with leaders, management, and teams.

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