Activity Spotlight: Tick Tock
If you missed it last week, we’ve just added 20+ new activities to our free online Activities Database and will be highlighting one each week in the month of March to discuss how they can help your group to accomplish their goals! Last Monday, we discussed group expectations with the help of the activity, Is, Does, Says, Does Not. This week, we’re jumping into time management and decision making with Tick Tock:
In this activity, the objective is to earn as many points as possible by completing certain tasks with specific assigned values. Groups must decide together how to best choose tasks, manage their time, and complete the challenge. This experience replicates for us the way that we, as individuals and groups, make decisions and manage our time in our lives and in the workplace. “Time management” is a hot topic for organizations across industries – with popular questions like: How to stop wasting time? How to make the most of meetings? How to boost productivity? We all want to know how to make the most of the time we have in a day. This activity is helpful to our groups because it asks them to think about the value placed on different tasks and how they prioritized or made decisions based on those values. In many ways, we place similar value on the things that take up our time in a day. We decide that sleeping in is more valuable than going to the gym. We decide that doing homework is more important than putting up posters for prom. We decide that this deadline is more pressing than that meeting. This activity is a great way to have a conversation about how we choose to spend our time – are we efficient? are we balanced? are we inclusive? are we responsible? And then, more importantly – what are the things that we can do differently in our lives to make the most of our time? Use these debriefing questions to help guide your conversation:
- How did you decide which tasks to complete? What was your strategy?
- How did you manage your time together?
- Do you think that you were effective? Why or why not?
- How does how we participated in this activity reflect how we manage our time together in our organization?
- What do we need to do differently to be more productive or efficient together moving forward? What are some specific strategies or action steps we can take to make those things happen?
If you were at our session at CADA, this is a great activity to facilitate with the Effective Time Management lesson we discussed in our session:
If you weren’t at our session, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!