As you may know, the purpose of a lab is to conduct pure and applied research.
Here we pursue both avenues, but our bias is clear: all our thinking starts with an end-client, customer or learner. We focus on the difference to be made with real, live human beings who are looking for solutions to challenges which have real-life repercussions.
Here is a list of some of them.
Some look at this list and their mind immediately jumps to specific behaviors or tools which appear to provide ready-made solutions. Our experience tells us that this approach just doesn’t go far enough.
Dig a little deeper and you find that in the subject of time-based productivity, there are no one-size-fits-all answers. You also discover that when people leave a program or put down a book filled with these kinds of answers, failure is the usual result.
I know because I used to teach programs which were unsuccessful.
You may say that this lab was set up so that I could atone for my early mistakes in a structured (rather than religious) way! A new approach would include (rather than avoid) the toughest questions such as:
- If people are all different, and one size doesn’t fit all, how can training or learning take place?
- If people need custom solutions to suit their idiosyncrasies, how can they be provided in a systematic way on a large scale?
- If new behaviors (i.e. habits, practices and rituals) are hard to implement, but without them there’s no chance of success, how can they be made easy-to-adapt?
- If tools are essential to time-based productivity, how should they be designed, and how should users select between them?
2Time Labs exists to bring these questions together in the same space in a search for solid answers. Where should they come from?
When I worked at Bell Labs I wasn’t alone. Around me were several thousand colleagues, most of whom were excited about some aspect of their work.
I don’t have that luxury. In fact, from where I sit in Kingston, Jamaica, there isn’t another professional in this niche on the island.
But I do have something we didn’t have at Bell Labs – the Internet.
With it, I have full access to the world’s best research in the disciplines which we bring together to find answers in this space: psychology, philosophy, operations research, management, linguistics, adult learning, physics and more.
Yes… I have fun. Can you?
Well, what are you interested in? Where should your exploration begin? Or if you have been here before, where should it continue?
Here is a quick glance at some of the resources we have developed using answers to the four core questions asked above.
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Q&A’s / Discussions
Assessments and Other Resources