Fifty Books and Articles about Time

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Time magazine's Timewarp compares today to 1900.


Future Perfect by Stan Davis. A fantastic, must-read book. Wired executive editor Kevin Kelly says, ""What was revolutionary a decade ago is still revolutionary. If you want a hint of what's going on in the new economy, this vintage book will clue you in." Explores a broad range of ideas about organization and management based on the premise that time, space, and mass are fundamental dimensions of all businesses. A few of the ideas introduced are: mass customization, real-time organization, any time / any place organization, distinguishing between a business and its organization, and the shift to producing intangible products. One of the most compelling business books ever written.


A Geography of Time: The Temporal Misadventures of a Social Psychologist, or How Every Culture Keeps Time Just a Little Bit Differently by Robert V. Levine. An easy read, as books on time go. Using clever anecdotes and comparisons between hectic U.S. lifestyles and those of other more relaxed cultures.

Measuring each country's walking speed, postal speed, and clock accuracy, the author comes up with an index for "the overall pace of life:" in 31 countries. Switzerland is on top, Mexico at bottom. A Spanish proverb says, "Those who rush arrive first at the grave."

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On the Experience of Time by Robert E. Ornstein. I am one of Robert Ornstein's fans. I've heard him speak several times and I've read eight or nine of this books. But this early treatise is his least substantial effort.
Faster : The Acceleration of Just About Everything by James Gleick. September 99. Bummer. Gleick is a very talented writer. He planted the science of chaos into the popular culture with his book of the same name. I'd been waiting more than a year for him to clarify time for us. Faster doesn't do it. Its 37 chapters are chock full of entertaining anecdotes and factoids, but Gleick never draws any conclusions. A wonderful quote: "A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches isn't sure." Read the web site instead of the book.

Real Time : Preparing for the Age of the Never Satisfied Customer by Regis McKenna. Real time = no time at all. Ironic. Jerry Yang says, "The notion of eliminating hierarchy and long-term planning, and creating realtime management that focuses on delivery, results, and customer needs is a key revelation for companies large and small. The use of networked technologies to enable the creation of distributed, connected organizations has tremendous implications for the next generation of competitiveness for industries of all types" One problem: been there, done that. What's new, Regis?

HBR: "Real Time" is a phrase borrowed from computer culture to describe events in which action (or command) and reaction (or execution) are simultaneous. There is no lapse in time and no element of distance in the event. While many real-time events are apparent, as when we speed-dial our broker to make that trade now, most are not. We insert our bank card into a London ATM and get money from our U.S. account. We watch the Gulf War or the Japanese earthquake live on TV. Such instant-gratification events change our frame of reference forever, because we begin to expect immediate satisfaction. We expect to judge our reality instantly in terms of truth or fiction, right or wrong, good or bad service, acceptable or unacceptable behavior. The technological effects on our environment force individuals and organizations alike to adapt in new ways, and these new ways of doing things begin to alter cultural and value-laden patterns of our society. The bottom line is that businesses must radically redefine their own perceptions and capabilities to keep up. They need to create "sensing" organizations that are always monitoring, feeding, querying, fact finding, adjusting, trying, and initiating. "


Blur : The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy by Christopher Meyer, Stan Davis. Blur is characterized by Speed, Intangibles, and Connectivity. Speed is the shrinkage of time through near-instantaneous communication and computation. Connectivity is the shrinkage of space with the advent of the Web, E-mail, beepers, and other media of communication. Intangibles are values without mass, most importantly knowledge and its mobility, made possible through Speed and Connectivity. Thus far, Blur is simply an update of Davis's Future Perfect. Then Davis and Meyer begin discussing the blurring of boundaries between products & services and customers & employees, and they open new doors of perception. A good book, but more about business than time.

Time and the Soul by Jacob Needleman By living calmly, with a detached attention to detail and an absence of frenzy, it is possible to experience a more expansive, soulful sense of time.

Needleman presents a series of spiritual self-inquiries to reach the root of the problem of "not enough time." Your rushed side, the part of you always making promises for the sake of time, can make time move more slowly. Needleman shows how traditional words of the wise, "be in the moment," "relax," "mediate" don't help, but understanding what is eternal about life and work can change our relationship to time and our perception of it.

"Before we try to face the question of time as a problem, the problem of how to manage our lives, can we stay with it long enough to hear it calling to us purely and simply as a question, the question of who we are and why we are alive at all? A problem is something we are supposed to solve."

How's this for a sentence? Telling the reader we all have an original, eternal, pre-birth face within us, Needleman writes, "The metaphysical cemeteries are filled with the graves of scholars and poets and artists -- brilliant, learned, full of heartfelt subjective conviction -- who grapsed this idea too easily, too cleverly, who absorbed it into their sense-based, logico-imaginative reasoning where the assumptions are childish, one-eyed, and the chain of logical deduction phenomenally ingenious, and the conclusion toxic to the point of locking us more securely in the prison of time and neurosis." Well, excuuuuse me.

"A wise man is never in a hurry," said Aristotle. Thoughts and images in endless procession steal our time because they steal our attention. We give them more attention than is necessary--in this consists the essence of our helplessness in front of all the demands that life makes upon us and all the opportunities (or temptations) that it offers us.

Summary: Be mindful. Be yourself. The important stuff is inside. Look at the really big picture.


The Clock of the Long Now by Stewart Brand rates its own page. Think reallllly long term.


Time Shifting : Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life by Stephan, MD Rechtschaffen. By learning how to time shift--moving in rhythm with others, stretching the present, and practicing mindfulness--we can renew our health and improve our relationships with others and the world around us. People continually dwell on the past and future and offer exercises that demonstrate how to focus on the present while finding time for everyday happiness. Be here now. Again. As I read this book, I found myself coveting the author's job, running The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.


The Time Trap by R. Alec MacKenzie, The classic book on time management.

A Watched Pot : How We Experience Time by Michael G. Flaherty. I know nothing about this one (yet), although the topic rings my bells.

What Time Is It, Clifford? (Clifford the Big Red Dog) by Norman Bridwell. Winnie-The-Pooh Tells Time by A. A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard Watch a child learning to tell time and you see how unnatural it is. Hundreds of books are devoted to the topic!

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. Don't mess with mother nature.

"'There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three planes of Space, and a fourth, Time. There is, however, a tendency to draw an unreal distinction between the former three dimensions and the latter, because it happens that our consciousness moves intermittently in one direction along the latter from the beginning to the end of our lives."


Time and Free Will : An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness by Henri Bergson. Flux is the precondition of our more vulgar concept of time. With this flux, the past is pulled along by the future and presented to consciousness in the present as a heterogeneous conglomeration, inseperable and uncategorizable. It is this work which inspired the stream of consciousness novelists, especially Proust. But the most remarkable element of Time and Free Will is its demand on the reader to live the duree, to return to the duree and forget oneself in it. The goal is freedom and authenticity and this can only be achieved when letting oneself go, flying like a bird, and despatializing time. This book does not only open the door to phenomenology, but it also contributes in a significant way to french existentialist thought. Flow?  

Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust. Can you find real-life lessons in one and a half million words spread over seven volumes, written by a hypochrondriacal asthmatic Frenchman who divided his life almost exclusively between dinner parties and bed rest? Novel in seven parts by Marcel Proust, published in French as A la recherche du temps perdu from 1913 to 1927. The novel is the story of Proust's own life, told as an allegorical search for truth. It is the major work of French fiction in the early 20th century.

How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel by Alain De Botton. Proust groupies hate this book with a passion. Reviewers either lover it or hate it. Here's someone who likes turning the giant novel into a how-to book: "This is a genius-level piece of writing that manages to blend literary biography with self-help and tongue-in-cheek with the profound. The quirky, early 1900s French author Marcel Proust acts as the vessel for surprisingly impressive nuggets of wisdom on down-to-earth topics such as why you should never sleep with someone on the first date, how to protect yourself against lower back pain, and how to cope with obnoxious neighbors. Here's proof that our ancestors had just as much insight as the gurus du jour and perhaps a lot more wit. De Botton simultaneously pokes fun at the self-help movement and makes a significant contribution to its archives." You gotta love the title.

Einstein's Dreams by Alan P. Lightman. A wonderful book. I read a chapter a night, trying to go slow in order to savor it. Lightman takes you inside Einstein's head for thirty dreams where time is warped one way or another. "Lightman's fables come off like Bach variations played on an exquisite harpsichord. People live for one day or eternity, and they respond intelligibly to each unique set of circumstances. Raindrops hang in the air in a place of frozen time; in another place everyone knows one year in advance exactly when the world will end, and acts accordingly."


The Quotable Einstein by Albert Einstein, Alice Calaprice (Editor), Freeman J. Dyson. The human side of a wise, charming man. "Imagination is more important than knowledge." "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." "I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don't have to."

Relativity : The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein. "Not casual reading," bound to impress people who see you reading it at the picnic. Myself, I'm a visual learner. The video documentaries that show the Bern streetcar zooming away from the clocktower speak to me more clearly than this book that I have never managed to finish. (Here's the Einstein joke.)

Longitude : The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel. :The thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century was how to determine longitude. Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries due to the inability to determine an east-west position. This is the engrossing story of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to conquer, yet claimed only half the promised rich reward."

LES TRES RICHES HEURES DU DUC DE BERRY

The Tres Riches Heures is the classic example of a medieval book of hours. This was a collection of the text for each liturgical hour of the day - hence the name - which often included other, supplementary, texts. Calendars, prayers, psalms and masses for certain holy days were commonly included.

These pictures are from the calendar section of the Tres Riches Heures. This was painted some time between 1412 and 1416 and is arguably the most beautiful part of the manuscript; it is certainly the best known, being one of the great art treasures of France. In terms of historical and cultural importance, it is certainly equal to more famous works such as the Mona Lisa, marking the pinnacle of the art of manuscript illumination.

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Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey? by William Oncken Jr.; Donald L. Wass "Managers divide their time between activities required of them by their bosses, activities imposed upon them by the system, and self-imposed activities. Managers further divide self-imposed time into discretionary activities and time taken up by requests from subordinates. Self-imposed time, the only time that managers can control without penalty, can be managed more effectively by increasing the discretionary component and doing away with the subordinate component, thereby allotting more time for managing boss-imposed and system-imposed activities." MORE  

The New Pioneers: The Men and Women Who Are Transforming the Workplace and Marketplace, by former Wall Street Journal columnist Thomas Petzinger Jr., is not a time book but is recognizes the shift of time going on now.

Sir Isaac Newton was the new Moses, presenting a few simple equations -- the "laws of nature" -- that never failed in predicting the tides, the orbits, or the movement of any object that could be seen or felt. Output was exactly proportional to input. Every action begat a reaction. Everything was equal to the sum of its parts. The entire universe was seen as a clockworks that could be understood by analyzing the individual parts. Newton's mechanics seemed so universal they became the organizing principle of postfeudal society itself, "the best model of government," as one authority said in 1720. The principles of mechanics inspired Frederick the Great to structure the Prussian army as an assemblage of standardized parts, equipment, and command language.

The very equations of economics, including those in use today, were built explicitly on the principles of mechanics and thermodyanmics, right down to the terms and symbols. The economy was said to have "momentum," or was "gaining steam." A successful company ran like a "well-oiled" or "fine-tuned" machine, a poorly performing company was "off track" or "stuck in low gear." Looms, lathes, engines, presses, and ultimately assembly lines became the metronomes of the human condition.

Most damaging of all, biology itself was corrupted to fit the mechanistic view of economic man. In reality, as scientists now recognize, evolution favors cooperative traits over competitive ones in selecting for fitness. Yet "survival of the fittest" -- the coinage of sociologist Herbert Spencer, erroneously attributed to Darwin -- was commandeered as cover for social domination and capitalist abandon. "The growth of a large business is merely survival of the fittest," a pious John D. Rockefeller once told a Sunday school class. "It is merely the working-out of a law of nature and a law of God."

The story of the physical sciences in the twentieth century, no differently than the story of art, literature, and music, is one of qualities taking their place alongside quantities, relationships taking their place with objects, ambiguity taking its place with order. Except in business....

History's first management consultant, Frederick Taylor, argued that "all possible brain work should be removed from the shop and placed in the planning or layout department," telling workers, "You are not supposed to think. . . . There are other people paid for thinking around here."


Judo Strategy: The Competitive Dynamics of Internet Time by David B. Yoffie ; Michael A. Cusumano "Competition on the Internet is creating fierce battles between industry giants and small-scale start-ups. Smart start-ups can avoid those conflicts by moving quickly to uncontested ground and, when that’s no longer possible, turning dominant players’ strengths against them. Authors David Yoffie from HBS and Michael Cusumano from MIT call this competitive approach judo strategy. They use the Netscape-Microsoft battles to illustrate the three main principles of judo strategy: rapid movement, flexibility, and leverage. In the early part of the browser wars, for instance, Netscape applied the principle of rapid movement by being the first company to offer a free stand-alone browser. This allowed Netscape to build market share fast and to set the market standard. Flexibility became a critical factor later in the browser wars. In December 1995, when Microsoft announced that it would "embrace and extend" competitors’ Internet successes, Netscape failed to give way in the face of superior strength. Instead it squared off against Microsoft and even turned down numerous opportunities to craft deep partnerships with other companies. The result was that Netscape lost deal after deal when competing with Microsoft for common distribution channels. Netscape applied the principle of leverage by using Microsoft’s strengths against it. Taking advantage of Microsoft’s determination to convert the world to Windows or Windows NT, Netscape made its software compatible with existing UNIX systems. While it is true that these principles can’t replace basic execution, say the authors, without speed, flexibility, and leverage, very few companies can compete successfully on Internet time. "

Time Pacing: Competing in Markets That Won't Stand Still by Kathleen M. Eisenhardt ; Shona L. Brown "Most companies change in reaction to events such as moves by the competition, shifts in technology, or new customer demands. In fairly stable markets, "event pacing" is an effective way to deal with change. But successful companies in rapidly changing, intensely competitive industries take a different approach. They change proactively, through regular deadlines -- "time pacing." Like a metronome, time pacing creates a rhythm to which managers can synchronize the speed and intensity of their efforts. For example, 3M dictates that 25% of its revenues every year will come from new products, and Intel adds a new fabrication facility to its operations approximately every nine months. Time pacing creates a relentless sense of urgency around meeting deadlines and concentrates people on a common set of goals. Its predictability also provides people with a sense of control in otherwise chaotic markets. The two essentials of time pacing. 1. managing transitions--the shift, for example, from one new-product-development project to the next. 2, setting the right rhythm for change. Companies that march to the rhythm of time pacing build momentum, and companies that effectively manage transitions sustain that momentum without missing important beats."

Fairly Timeless Insights on How to Manage Your Time by Jim Billington HBR: "Too much literature on time management stresses how to do more faster--essentially how to manage a to-do list. Instead, managers should visualize the end result by "getting on the balcony--seeing the whole field of play and where their undertaking should fit in." Only work that is truly necessary should be done, and the addiction to urgency--fighting fires, fielding calls, firing off memos, and attending irrelevant meetings that can consume a manager's day but add little lasting value--should be avoided. The goal of enlightened time management is to allow people to spend most of their time on work that is truly important, but relatively non-urgent. Work and leisure should both be governed by this same philosophy, because by balancing excellence in work with excellence in relaxation, our lives become healthier and a great deal more creative."

 

Developing Products on Internet Time by Marco Iansiti; Alan MacCormack HBR: "The rise of the World Wide Web provided one of the most challenging environments for product development in recent history. The market needs that a product is meant to satisfy and the technologies required to satisfy them can change radically--even as the product is under development. In response to such factors, companies have had to modify the traditional product-development process, in which design implementation begins only once a product's concept has been determined in its entirety. In place of that traditional approach, they have pioneered a flexible product-development process that allows designers to continue to define and shape products even after implementation has begun. This innovation enables Internet companies to incorporate rapidly evolving customer requirements and changing technologies into their designs until the last possible moment before a product is introduced to the market."


Limits of the Learning Curve by William J. Abernathy ; Kenneth Wayne HBR: "It is important for managers to realize that they cannot receive the benefits or cost reduction provided by a steep learning-curve projection and at the same time accomplish rapid rates of product innovation and improvement in product performance. Managers need to exercise care in choosing between the learning curve approach, which shows that manufacturing costs fall as volume rises, and the experience curve approach, which traces declines in the total costs of a product line over extended periods of time as a volume grows. When selecting a strategy, management investigates: the practical limit to volume/cost reduction, the pattern of changes in the organization which accompany progress along the learning curve, and the expected results when the practiced limits of cost reduction are reached."


Time Wars, The Primary Conflict in Human History by Jeremy Rifkin, 1987, Out of Print

Discretionary time, once a mainstay, an amenity of life, is now a luxury. Statistics tell the grim story of a civilization hell-bent on saving time on the one hand while eliminating the future on the other. The human time world is no longer joined to the incoming and outgoing tides, the rising and setting sun, and the changing seasons. Lost in a sea of perpetual technological transition, modern man and woman find themselves increasingly alientated from the ecological choreography of the planet.

Temporal (social) dimensions:

  1. sequential structure
  2. duration
  3. planning
  4. rate of recurrence
  5. synchronization
  6. temporal perspective

In 1870, a rail passenger traveling from Washington to San Francisco would have to reset his watch over two hundred times to stay current with all the local time systems along the route.



The Blind Watchmaker : Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design by Richard Dawkins Booknews said, "The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who made one of the most famous creationist arguments: Just as a watch is too complicated and too functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. It was Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery that put the lie to these arguments. But only Richard Dawkins could have written this eloquent riposte to the creationists. Natural selection - the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process that Darwin discovered - has no purpose in mind. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker. Acclaimed as perhaps the most influential work on evolution written in this century, The Blind Watchmaker offers an engaging and accessible introduction to one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time."

Thinking in Time : The Uses of History for Decision Makers by Richard E. Neustadt, Ernest R. May, 1988
The Fiction of Memory by Daniel Goleman  

 

Slowness by Milan Kundera, Linda Asher (Translator)
Suggested by an acquaintance but gets spotty reviews. "Despite Kundera's disclaimer about the novel's seriousness, Slowness resonates with a profound meditation on contemporary life, the secret bond between slowness and memory, the connection between our era's desire to forget and the way we have given ourselves over to the demon of speed."

Borderliners by Peter Hoeg, Barbara Haveland (Translator)
Marcia recommends it highly. "Peter and several other borderliners are given one last chance when they are transferred to an exclusive private school where, unknown to them, they have been sent in order to be guinea pigs in a secret government experiment where troubled students are integrated with regular, privileged students. At this Dickensian academy he befriends and tries to protect a very damaged psychotic boy and a recently orphaned girl, and together they conduct ``experiments'' in mentally and physically escaping the spacial and psychological constraints of the rigid school. They try ``escaping'' by doing everything from meditating on corporal punishment to breaking into the steam tunnels below the school."

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The snob book to be seen with ten years ago. Perhaps the greatest sales of any unread book in history. "...gravity, black holes, the Big Bang, the nature of time, and physicists' search for a grand unifying theory. This is deep science; these concepts are so vast (or so tiny) as to cause vertigo while reading, and one can't help but marvel at Hawking's ability to synthesize this difficult subject for people not used to thinking about things like alternate dimensions." I've seen the movie and read excerpts; maybe some day I'll finish the book.

Man and Time by J. B. Priestly. Out of print but worth checking for at the library. When I read this a dozen years ago, I was excited by its breadth and clairty.  

Time and the Art of Living by Robert Grudin. A thoroughly enjoyable collections of meditations on time. When I read this book, I knew I had to talk with the author. He told me he wrote it while sitting on a bench in a cloistered garden. Each morning he would record his thoughts as they flowed forth. The book takes you through a year one day at a time. More

How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein
I recall leading a training session for sales people back in the early eighties. "I'll save you the time you'd spend reading Lakein's book," I said. "Just ask yourself this question, 'Is this the best use of my time right now?'" I'm skeptical of books that instruct you to start your day by making a list of A, B, & C priorities -- and then only do the As and some of the Bs. It smacks of a left-brained person telling a right-brained audience, "Hey, stupid. Just do what I do naturally."

Time and Again by Jack Finney
Recently deceased Mill Valley author Finney's timeless classic tells what happens when Simon Morley is selected by a secret government agency to test Einstein's theory of the past co-existing with the present and is transported back to 1880s New York.

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Pressure by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain Reviews From Horn Book In another self-help book for the young, the Berenstain Bears find themselves stress-ridden from an overbooked calendar of after-school activities. The pressure is released and nightmares cease when the family car breaks down, causing Mama to break down, which then spurs the family to re-evaluate their priorities. For clients of Berenstain bibliotherapy.
   

Capital Times : Tales from the Conquest of Time (Theory Out of Bounds, Vol 6) by Eric Alliez, Geroges Van Den Abbeele (Translator), Georges Van Den Abbeele (Translator) Reviews Booknews, Inc. , August 1, 1996 Offers a history of the philosophy of time and a comparison of the ways of conceiving the temporal, concentrating on European philosophy and its impact on the connection between time and money in Western civilization. Analyzes the social and political processes involved in conceptions of time in ancient and medieval tradition and sets them in the context of contemporary political and philosophical debates centering on the thought of Kant and Marx. Paperback. $62!  

Competing Against Time : How Time-Based Competition Is Reshaping Global Markets by George Stalk, Thomas M. Hout With many detailed examples from companies that have put time-based strategies in place, such as Federal Express, Ford, Milliken, Honda, Deere, Toyota, Sun Microsystems, Wal-Mart, Citicorp, Harley-Davidson, and Mitsubishi, the authors describe exactly how reducing elapsed time can make the critical difference between success and failure. Give customers what they want when they want it, or the competition will. Time-based companies are offering greater varieties of products and services, at lower costs, and with quicker delivery times than their more pedestrian competitors. Moreover, the authors show that by refocusing their organizations on responsiveness, companies are discovering that long-held assumptions about the behavior of costs and customers are not true: Costs do not increase when lead times are reduced; they decline. Costs do not increase with greater investment in quality; they decrease. Costs do not go up when product variety is increased and response time is decreased; they go down. And contrary to a commonly held belief that customer demand would be only marginally improved by expanded product choice and better responsiveness, the authors show that the actual results have been an explosion in the demand for the product or service of a time-sensitive competitor, in most cases catapulting it into the most profitable segments of its markets.

The End of Certainty : Time, Chaos, and the New Laws of Nature by Isabelle Stengers, Ilya Prigogine

Reviews Science Editor's Recommended Book In this intellectually challenging book, Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine tackles some of the difficult questions that bedevil physicists trying to provide an explanation for the world we observe. How is it, for instance, that basic principles of quantum mechanics--which lack any differentiation between forward and backward directions in time--can explain a world with an "arrow of time" headed unambiguously forward? And how do we escape classical physics' assertion that the world is deterministic? In a sometimes mathematical and frequently mind-bending book, Prigogine explores deterministic chaos, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, and even cosmology and the origin of the universe in an attempt to reach an explanation that can reconcile physical laws with subjective reality. Where does anyone find the time to write a book like this, much less read it?

Most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to Stephen Hawking, have described the universe as deterministic and ``time-symmetrical''--with the corollary that time, probability, and free will can only be illusions resulting from human ignorance. Because that view conflicts with much of philosophy and common sense, it has contributed to the alienation of science from the rest of human culture. Prigogine moves toward ending that alienation by affirming the reality of time, arguing that advances in the physics of nonequilibrium processes and unstable systems now make it possible to revise the basic laws of physics ``in accordance with the open, evolving universe in which mankind lives.''


Fast Cycle Time : How to Align Purpose, Strategy, and Structure for Speed by Christopher Meyer. "Meyer argues that fast cycle time is achieved not by working faster, but by aligning the organization's purpose, strategy and structure. He demonstrates how the product development cycle must become a learning laboratory in which the four continuous elements "Design, Fabricate, Assemble, and Test" are analyzed with the intent to improve strategy in the next business cycle. Analyzing strategy and core processes enables management to detect and correct problems earlier, and leverage knowledge for improved innovation and increased value for customers. Many years of practical experience have shown Meyer and his colleagues the wisdom of a paradox—that to speed up you often have to slow down."

First Things First : To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill (Contributor), Rebecca R. Merrill (Designer) First Things First shows you how to look at your use of time totally differently. Using this book will help you create balance between your personal and professional responsibilities by putting first things first and acting on them. Covey teaches an organizing process that helps you categorize tasks so you focus on what is important, not merely what is urgent. First you divide tasks into these quadrants:

  • Important and Urgent (crises, deadline-driven projects)
  • Important, Not Urgent (preparation, prevention, planning, relationships)
  • Urgent, Not Important (interruptions, many pressing matters)
  • Not Urgent, Not Important (trivia, time wasters)

Most people spend most of their time in quadrants 1 and 3, while quadrant 2 is where quality happens. "Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things," says Covey.

Stephen Covey amazes me. He has made a fortune and gained a tremendous following by restating the obvious. This book is an expansion of the first of the "seven habits." I'm glad, if mystified, that Covey's work inspires so many people.

 

Being & Time by Martin: Heidegger,. One of the landmarks of 20th-century philosophy, Heidegger's 1927 treatise is thought to have been the inspiration for such subjects as psychoanalysis, existentialism, ethics, hermeneutics, and more. This new translation by one of Heidegger's students offers the text in a more precise and understandable English than earlier editions.


Complete Idiot's Guide to Winning Back Your Time Hardcover, 244 Pages, Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated, January 1996 ISBN: 0028610393 Author: Heady, Robert K. Time waits for no one nor can anyone get more of it. This book offers a way to take back what you've got. This friendly, comforting guide is filled with invaluable insight and advice that puts perspective on time and teaches in a stepwise fashion how to regain control over this valuable commodity.

Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy Trade Paperback, 619 Pages, W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated, January 1995 ISBN: 0393312763 Author: Thorne, Kip S. Description: In this masterfully written and brilliantly informed work, Dr. Rhorne, the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech, leads readers through an elegant, always human, tapestry of interlocking themes, answering the great question: what principles control our universe and why do physicists think they know what they know? Features an introduction by Stephen Hawking.
 
The Fermata by Nicholson Baker. One day in Lugano, I noticed a sign at the bus stop across the street: fermata, Italian for a place to stop. In Baker's short novel, time stops. The main character can't think of anything to do among the people frozen in mid-stride than to cop feels from the pretty girls. The guy's a real jerkoff. I barely made it to the end.  
A Year to Live by Stephen Levine. How to live this year as if it were your last. Great advice. Live life to the fullest. I'm only half-way through this one. I got bogged down in the exercises (Stephen has you remember people and events, offer forgiveness, etc.) and haven't gotten back on track. Thank goodness it's only make-believe or I'd be three years dead by now. "As I've often noted, those who insist they've got their 'shit together' are usually standing in it at the time."


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