Jul 15, 2008

How important is time management?

How important is time management in your culture? I think for Americans, time management is only semi-important because we have a very laid back culture and we often give excuses and become way too lenient when it comes to deadlines and punctuality. So, I am curious. Please tell me about your culture's view of time management.

4 comments:

Ed said...

Well, in Indonesia, punctuality generally is not typical. In fact, there is the concept of "jam karet" (rubber time), which dictates that time is by and large negotiable and flexible. It's considered proper for people, especially for social events, to show up "fashionably late". The only places where this flexibility is not present is during tourist shows...

Theresa said...

In Singapore, time management is very very important. I mean, a boss can actually give the employee the sack if he's late for a mere 5 minutes, or if he's late for a business appointment.

Excuses are not tolerated, we don't even have to bother giving any.

But there are still some people who can tolerate lateness, I guess it depends on the individual's personality.

james said...

I wouldn't say that about Americans at all! I'm very surprised you made that comment about time and punctuality in the West. That has not been my experience here in the US. Compared to my culture (Filipino) America is muuuch less forgiving when it comes to deadlines and showing up on time. Try living in Guam. Now that's "laid back."

Cody said...

Haha. I guess it all depends on your area and what you are doing. I can see business people having to keep strict deadlines but, I think for high school and college aged people, its not something very important because they are always getting deadlines extended and waiting until the very last minute to get something done. (and mind you I was kind of angry when I wrote this so, sorry T_T. I don't mean EVERYTHING that I said but I really do think everyone could give themselves a kick in the rear and quit being so...lazy.)