Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? A novel perhaps about the offspring of an old clockmaker? Nah, too boring. Hm, maybe something about the keeper of a time capsule which held doomsday information. Nah, too predictable. How about the daughter of a man who used to be an efficiency expert for a living? That sounds just right!
I would be that timekeeper’s daughter. I was surprised to learn that years ago, my dad did just this for a living. He worked in a machine shop and his job was to measure and record how long it took to do all the different parts of fabrication. My guess is the information was used for quoting jobs as well as measuring employee’s performance. The goal was increased efficiency.
So I’ve started timing myself occasionally as I do a task. I can literally work myself into a frenzy when I’m having company or have a lot going on. Mind you, I didn’t say actually work. I’m not talking about actually doing the task. Just thinking about it. In recent years, I’ve learned that stuff will get done. It always gets done. But it makes sense to me to know how much time I need to actually do certain tasks. Perhaps I should tackle the cleaning first when I’m having people over, but that never happens; I’m all about the food first. Knowing I can “company” clean the bathroom, kitchen (including floors) and livingroom in about an hour and a half takes some pressure off.
I’m admittedly not a good time manager. I can easily fret an hour away and then panic about what I didn’t do. But being conscious about the minutes that make up those hours, and knowing how long it takes to do certain things really helps. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll hang out a shingle – “efficiency expert”!