Time Management: Analysis

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Time Management Analysis
Time Management Analysis
2013
Jason Fowler
Laura Donovan - Instructor
2/16/2013
2013
Jason Fowler
Laura Donovan - Instructor
2/16/2013

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Subject’s Time Schedule Analyzed Analysis of time log
The subject entered his activities into a Time Log (McGlynn) for a 24 hour period starting on January 10th, 2013 at 0600 hours (see Exhibit A). According to the information presented the subject spent his time in the following activities (see Exhibit B): * 6 hours and 30 minutes sleeping without interruption.

* 5 hours alone playing Xbox games.
* 3 hours and 45 minutes studying without interruption.
* 2 hours preparing and consuming food with children.
* 1 hour and 15 minutes studying with children present.
* 1 hour Playing Xbox games with children.
* 1 hour alone on personal care.
* 1 hour personal care with children
* 1 hour alone preparing and consuming food.
* 45 minutes spending time with children without specific activity. * 15 minutes sleep period bathroom break and children check. * 15 minutes going out to get fast food.
* 15 minutes interruption of mid-day sleep time.

When presented with this information the subject expressed disbelief of the results. He believed that most of his time was spent with the children and studying while allotting some time for leisurely activities; while the data indicates that a large portion of his time is spent on sleep, Xbox games, studying, and eating with the children; it is apparent that of the activities involving children, much of the time was spent on mundane task as opposed to quality time as seen by the subject. While 5 and a half hours were spent in his company, only 45 minutes of that was time that he took the initiative to spend time with them just for the sake of their company and enjoyment. The other 4 hours and 45 minutes they were fed, cleaned, interrupting his sleep, study and gameplay which is in his opinion not quality time. Time allotted for studying was incongruent as well with subject’s original perceptions of how his time was spent. He had believed that he and his wife would study for at least 4-6 hours on nights that they would do so. Though 3 hours and 45 minutes was close to his guess it was still a shock as to how much actual time they spent learning course materials. While the children were present he indicated that learning was a practical impossibility due to the steady flow of children questions, needs, and movement. Further research uncovered additional information that added context to the information provided in this study. According to the Department of Labor Statistics (see Exhibit C) the average full time college student spends 3.7 hours on leisurely activities (Bureau of Labor). The subject notes that he had considered himself to be “very responsible and self-disciplined. After seeing the information presented as a whole he concluded that there were definitely areas where adjustments could be made. It was made evident by the information presented to him that non-productive time had consumed a large portion of the day’s activities. In total 7 and a half hours were considered as unproductive by the subject. He states that with correct data and an understanding of time management practices he is confident that more can be accomplished in less time and free time can be spent on activities that were conductive to family and social improvement. All this he says can be accomplished by using proven methods to organize his activities more efficiently.

Identifying Improvement Areas
In all, the subject noted that he found 3 areas of major concern that needed immediate attention. He listed time spent playing video games was first on the list and that this time could be redirected toward the other 2 problem areas. The lack of a scheduled and organized time and...
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