Why Managers Must Understand and Implement Time Harvesting

By Jan Schrader


The concept of Time Harvesting is quite simple, yet profound and powerful. Its implications for business productivity are staggering. It is a new, and perhaps the ultimate dimension in time management because it addresses time utilization in a unique way.

Time Harvesting (TH) is based on a very conservative hypothesis that most people lose or waste at least 2 minutes for each of the 16 hours a day they are awake. That’s 32 minutes a day. When you do the math you discover that totals an amazing 24.33 8-hour days, which is more than the average work month of 23 8-hour days!

Realistically, most people lose more than 2 minutes per hour. Losing a mere 6 minutes per hour, which is quite easy to do, equates to an extra 3 months!

How many of your employees, staff or team members lose 5 or 6 minutes per hour? Most of them? How about you?

So what if you could capture or “harvest” this lost time? How would your bottom line be enhanced if you were to put just part of it back into productive use? Could you cut costs and increase profits? How could it impact staffing? How about accelerating deliverables? Could it give you a competitive edge?

The challenges of capturing and implementing this lost time are these:

1. Learning to value small time increments

2. Learning to identify it as it becomes available

3. Having strategies to make it productive

The first challenge for everyone, manager and employee alike, is truly becoming aware of the value of this lost time. After all, we all know you can’t do anything in just a few minutes, right? Wrong. Especially when you can accumulate these small time parcels. And yes, accumulating them IS possible, if you know how to do it.

Challenge two is a result of the first: because we have not learned the true value of a few minutes, we are not aware of them passing; after all, they disappear very quickly. Thus, we need to learn how to identify the small time parcels as they become available as it is the only possible chance to use them. Developing a keen awareness for these parcels is necessary for utilizing them.

The third challenge is to put these minutes to work productively. Because we aren’t acclimated to using these small increments of time and because they come and go quickly, we are not prepared to use them, even if we do recognize them.

Learning simple, yet powerful strategies to effectively harvest this time and put it to productive work requires a change in mindset. This can be easily learned and assimilated once you understand the process.

In subsequent posts I will detail steps to learn and implement Time Harvesting strategies to improve your organization’s productivity.




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