Play a Game to Control Time: A Fresh Take on the Age Old Problem of Time Management

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More than 10 years after its initial introduction, and nearly 3 years since the first book on the subject was released, the Bank Your Time game is totally revamped and extended. The relaunch promotes the image that Bank Your Time is not a time management system: Rather, by managing aspects of tasks such as complexity, details, approach, etc., it helps the user control the duration of necessary activities so as to leave more free time for rest, relaxation and enjoyment.

Front Cover - The Bank Your Time Game: Rulebook and Play Guide by Prakash V. Rao

The Bank Your Time Game: Rulebook and Play Guide by Prakash V. Rao

Games are excellent platforms for imparting instruction and for keeping someone motivated about improving personal and life skills.

When the traditional approaches to acquiring the skill of effectively utilizing time – books, training courses, audio books and even web courses – fail, try playing a game.

“Games are excellent platforms for imparting instruction and for keeping someone motivated about improving personal and life skills,” says Prakash Rao, President of Bank Your Time, a Scotch Plains based time skills training, coaching and consulting company. “Games are fun, inspiring and easy. By contrast, people perceive traditional processes and training methods to be boring, uninspiring and cumbersome.”

Prakash Rao stumbled upon this effective method of teaching in 2002 when he created a game to help his then 9-year-old son be more efficient in completing his homework and chores while finding time for games and television shows. The game, Bank Your Time, has since been brought to hundreds of individuals worldwide with extraordinary results. Bank Your Time has been featured on the “News You Can Use” section of Connecticut’s WVIT NBC30 News with Yvonne Nava.

The game consists of steps to set expectations of how long it would take to complete tasks, tactics to beat these expectations, and a process to keep track of accumulated time. The Bank Your Time game initially had only 5 tactics to beat estimates. Today, in its eleventh year of existence, Bank Your Time has been completely revamped and extended with over 40 tactics in 9 groups. It is this set of efficiency tactics that sets Bank Your Time apart from traditional time management systems. Bank Your Time does not manage time. It manages complexity, interruptions, distractions, approach, level of detail, risk and emotion to complete tasks effectively, efficiently and with the fewest errors.

About Prakash V. Rao
Prakash Rao is a coach, consultant, trainer, author and keynote speaker. He holds two Master’s degrees – MS in Computer Engineering from Boston University and MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. After more than 20 years in the corporate world, Prakash Rao founded VKS Associates, LLC, in 2002 as a boutique management consulting firm focusing on the use of tactics to optimize situations. He has helped several businesses improve their operations and procedures through the use of tactical frameworks. He is an expert on time management and has written many articles on this subject. His tactical time control system, Bank Your Time, has been adopted by hundreds of individuals with amazing results.

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