Measuring time

I was working on a seasonality/calendar type project and it’s so fascinating to examine how we need time markers and culturally have established so many to create meaning. From annual pop culture events to daily and weekly routine. It also reminded me of a quick anecdote about CP+B that I wanted to share. After about 4 weeks here, I went up to a fellow cog and mentioned that I hadn’t been taught how to enter my time and I imagine someone will be after me soon to get it in. Martin has employees who huge chunks of their week are spent tracking people down and getting them to do time sheets. They demanded entering time weekly. Mullen was monthly, which was more palatable considering how archaic those time applications (at least the ones I’ve seen) are.

CP+B has no time sheets. I repeat – I have not entered a time sheet in over six months now.

Having experienced it both ways, there are some psychological effects from not having to mark your time. For one, you don’t feel you’re “owed” vacation. There’s no tally of how much you’ve taken and how much you have left constantly in your psyche. We do keep track of it on a piece of paper in someone’s office, but it’s not something I go in and check. And conversely, there’s no “damn, I’ve worked 34 hours already this week and it’s 9am on Wednesday.” Plus, there’s no unnecessary animosity between the time keepers and the time sheet withholders. It’s nice to think that I work at a place that recognizes my time is best spent thinking about my client and not recalling what exactly I was working on last Thursday.

Latest stats

The total completed surveys has reached 573. I’ve never sent out a reminder before, but I’m considering doing so. I will probably leave the survey open until April 6th.

No one has made a peep about my Hall & Partners friend helping me with the analysis. Speak up if you have an issue. Just to recap, responses are not attached to your email address and thus your identity, so your answers remain anonymous. The analysis help will hopefully reveal something new and interesting.

I am able to see that there are over 800 surveys that were started, just not completed. I imagine those are from people who balked at the idea of entering their salary but I haven’t had time to go in and look at where people are falling out.

Seasonality and finances

I’m working on a project that describes the seasonal influences on people – everything from the actual seasons to pop culture like football in autumn, summer popcorn movies, to the way people adapt such as gaining weight in the winter, shedding in the summer, foods that are available seasonally and how that’s shaped our culture. I’m trying to add some stuff about finances. Anybody got anything to add to this list?

January – hit with big bill from holidays/make resolutions
April/May – tax refund splurging
Summer – vacation mindset splurge
August/September – Back to school/new habits/new resolutions
October/November – planning for the holidays/saving
December – holiday spending for others/gifts to self

Pay day is usually Friday or twice per month
Tend to indulge later in the week
Tend to tighten belt early in week