Lesson 20 — Activity 2: Time
Now that you have thought about sports and time, in this activity you will think about time at work.
Did you keep a list for one day to see how often you ask yourself a question about time? How many instances do you have?
Just like some sports, work involves dealing with time. The biggest question is just how much work can be done in a certain time period. This may involve a deadline.
A deadline is a set time for an event to be completed in. It may be a report for your boss or finishing a job.
For example, a construction company might have a deadline to have a building finished by a certain date.
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If they aren't finished by the deadline, they might face fines or, in extreme cases, even be fired from the job!
Let's say you have to hand in a major report at 4:30 p.m. today and it is now 11:15 a.m. You need to know how much time is left so that you can budget your time properly. You can figure it out like this:
1. Each hour has 60 minutes, so start by figuring out how many minutes are left in the hour you are in.
60 – 15 = 45
2. This brings you up to 12 p.m. Count the number of whole hours that are left.
From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. there are 4 hours.
3. Add the two part hours.
45 + 30 = 75 minutes
4. Because 75 is more than 60, we know that the two part hours combine to make more than 1 hour. Subtract 60 from the number of minutes to convert this time to hours and minutes.
75 – 60 = 15
There is 1 hour and 15 minutes in the part hours.
5. Add the time together.
4 hours + 1 hour and 15 minutes = 5 hours and 15 minutes
You know that you have 5 hours and 15 minutes to finish the report.
Most things at work involve how much time is remaining to get the job done. Knowing this allows the worker to have an idea of how they are doing; should they keep the same pace or speed up in order to make sure they will be done in time?
Let's say there are 4 hours and 30 minutes left in the workday. You are making flower arrangements.
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Each arrangement takes 15 minutes to put together. Your boss comes up to you and asks how many more you can finish before the end of the day. You can quickly figure out the answer like this:
1. Each hour has 60 minutes. Convert the number of hours to minutes.
4 x 60 = 240 minutes
2. Add the minutes.
240 + 30 = 270 minutes
3. Divide the total number of minutes by the time it takes to create one arrangement.
270 ÷ 15 = 18
You can tell your boss that you can make 18 more arrangements in the time left in the day!