Participants: 4 – 20
Time Required: 15 – 20 minutes
Materials Needed: Flipchart, pieces of paper and markers for each participant.
Steps to Follow:
a) Ask each participant to draw their ideal clock on a piece of paper. If they could change the way time is measured by their drawing, how would their ideal clock look like?
b) After everyone is finished, ask each of them to explain their drawing. Hold up the drawing so the others can see it while the author of the drawing is describing it.
c) After each participant has finished his or her description, note every idea relating to time devised by the participants on the flipchart.
d) Read out the list you have written down on the flipchart. Find the common points and highlight them.
Questions for Debriefing:
• What differences can you find between how you see time and how you would like time to be?
• Why do you think these differences exist?
• What can you do to bring the way you perceive time closer to how you would like it to be?
Tips on Making This Activity Go Well:
• Some people might be reluctant to participate in this activity, on account of the fact that they can’t draw. You can prevent this by stating, while instructing them on what they have to do, that they don’t need to be master artists and that any outcome is just fine as long as it illustrates their opinion.
• If you are using this exercise as an opener for a time management training session, you can tell participants that the purpose of this training is to help bring out more similarities between how time really is and how they’d like it to be. This could be an early motivation for them to focus their attention on what you have to tell them.
Reproduced from "Time Management Training Games" by Dragoş V.Iliescu