Time Spent is Time Earned

Time Spent is Time Earned

Time is money but unlike money, once time is spent it can’t be made back. There are countless books on how to manage our allotted 24 hours in a day but between traffic, meetings, and all of the other miscellaneous things people must attend to in a given day, it seems what everyone could use is a few extra hours. For the first time scientists believe they may have found a key to creating more time or at least the feeling there’s more of it available—give it away! Professor Cassie Mogilner, and her colleagues at the Penn’s Wharton School of Business tested the theory and results showed giving time to others can make individuals feel more, what they called, “time affluent” and less time constrained than wasting time on themselves or even just getting unexpected free time.

For their study Mogliner assigned subjects to help someone else—by writing a note to a sick child, editing a student’s essay or doing something else to give back while her other participants did something else. In the second stage of the study, participants wasted time by counting the letter e’s in latin text. For the third stage participants were simply allowed to leave the academic lab early. In each experiment, the people who lent a hand to others felt as if they had more time than the group assigned to another activity. But does giving away your really make you feel as if you have more of it?

Objectively speaking, people who give more of their time to others have less for themselves; there’s still only 24 hours in a day. But they do feel more effective and that feeling leads to more productivity and time management in other areas of life, the difference between feeling there’s more time vs feeling that there’s less time is a matter of balance. If so much time is given away that other tasks don’t get done then it won’t work. However, research indicates that spending even small amounts of time helping others, as little as 10 min. can help increase productivity and time management. Good news for those who use the excuse that they’re too busy to volunteer. If you’d like to be more efficient and feel time affluent, make the pledge to give back to your community and sign up for one of our CUPP committees for more information.

2018-11-28T23:46:52+00:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments