My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Back in 1995, I tried a time management calendar application that could categorize and color code everything I did to down 5 minute packets. It took me embarrassingly too long to realize and admit how much time I was putting into classifying and recording my time. Some years later (~2004), an arm of the Navy wanted those in administrative positions – I was a civilian Deputy Public Works Officer – including the military(!) to assign our activities on a time sheets in 15 minute granularity. I caused a stir when I created a new job order number for accounting for our time, which ended up taking several hours per week. (The requirement went away after three two-week cycles.) And when I got to my current employ ten years ago, one of my staff had an insanely complicated multi-tiered file folder system for tracking documents for construction projects – I nixed that after waiting the appropriate now-I’ve-seen-enough time.
This book is assigned reading for a class, related to a track on productivity in the pubic sector. Apparently, quite the thing long enough ago that I wasn’t paying attention while working on whatever other quite-the-thing fad was the buzz. I’m going to go out on the proverbial limb and guess that most in my class won’t read it. It’s bad. Continue reading