Families Members Need to Schedule Appointments

Mar 27, 2002

More people are putting family and loved ones on their calendars and organizers to keep relationships from falling between the cracks, reports The Wall Street Journal. “Blocking out time for relationships is a trend. And it’s a smart thing,” says Sean Covey, vice president, innovation, for FranklinCovey, a Salt Lake City time-management and life-balance concern. FranklinCovey, which enrolls about a half-million people a year in its courses, trains people to make weekly plans giving high priority to time for relationships, with reminders appearing with each day’s calendar page.

The trend also arises from what time-use expert Geoffrey Godbey calls “the mass customization of daily life.” In the past, work was done at predictable times, in predictable places, and so was the rest of life — spending time with children, spouses and neighbors, says Dr. Godbey, a Penn State University professor and co-author of “Time for Life.”

But now, with people working at varying and ever-expanding times around the clock, jobs are no longer predictable. And neither are the times we spend bonding with others. This new sloppiness, risks leaving spouses, kids and friends in the leftover corners of the day.

Moderator Comment: How can organization’s train employees to become better time managers?

Prioritize. [George
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