The three-word definition of modern life is "busy, busy, busy"—so very different from the Caveman's system of balancing work and leisure by living in the present moment.
The Stone Age was not known for the development of accurate clocks and calendars. A primitive sundial and notches on cave walls were as close as our ancestors got to marking the passage of hours and seasons.
Yet, in many ways, they had time management skills superior to our own.
According to Gary and Rain Klepper of Beck Natural Medicine University, Paleolithic tribes lived in "loosely knit groups of people and worked together in their hunting and gathering tasks."
To get enough food to eat, their "subsistence time" averaged roughly six hours a day, two days a week.
The Kleppers concluded that these people are "an example of a society that is, in some important ways, the most successful of any in human history in terms of health and leisure time."
Without modern conveniences, cave dwellers went to sleep not long after it got dark and rose when the sun did.
Compare that to modern lifestyles, as we go to bed whenever we want to and get up whenever we have to, resulting for many of us in chronic fatigue.
Cavemen also lived very much in the here and now. They had to be alert and attentive to their surroundings. No talking on the cell phone while riding the yak.
Instead of multitasking, they would focus on a single task at a time. You could say they were the early inventors of RAFT time management.
RAFT is system of organization often applied to handling email. It stands for Refer, Act, File or Trash—four actions that can be used for every message received.
But in the Stone Age, this was the way of life: If you can't get someone else to do something (refer), then do it yourself now (act) or else avoid it by either hiding it somewhere for later (file) or ditching it altogether (trash).
Could RAFT work for busy, busy you?
Alfablue, August 2012