Time Management Games: A Major Misnomer

I recently stumbled into a whole series of games called “time management games”, a name which I think is terribly, terribly misleading.

“Time suck games” is more like it.

Let me just say, none of these games have helped me with my time management issues, although they’ve been quite good at adding to my time management challenges. Maybe that’s why they’re called time management games.

These games have been around for quite a while; my daughter used to play Diner Dash when she was younger. I always thought it was one of those “tycoon” type of games, where you build up a restaurant empire and earn mega bucks.

Thanks to my iPhone, where I now get to do things like play Cooking Dash (I’m at level 30 something, and let me tell you, running a Japanese-themed diner is hard), I now know what these time management games are all about. You’re not building up empires. You’re keeping customers and clients happy.

So here’s what I’ve learned so far from playing these games:

  1. It is preferable to be the wait staff at an unsuccessful (ie slow) restaurant (or hotel. Or fast food outlet. Or spa – yes, a spa. And here I thought a spa was for relaxing.)
  2. Customers these days need to learn some patience.
  3. Wait staff definitely work for their tips, and then some.
  4. It’s a good idea to play something like Cooking Dash right before you’re planning to clean up the kitchen, because you actually do end up cleaning the kitchen a whole lot quicker. (The job isn’t nearly as thorough, mind you, but for a little while there, you’ll feel like Speed Man/Woman.)

While these games are addictive, after a while you do get rather tired of rushing around, which is a good thing.

It’s at the point where I’m contemplating dumping plates of food onto the floor and throwing up my hands in despair that I switch to Sims 3. Which isn’t exactly the most productive thing in the world to do, either. But it’s a lot slower pace, and quite worthwhile for building up those procrastination muscles, too.

This post has been written to explain where I’ve been the last little while. Now you know.

8 thoughts on “Time Management Games: A Major Misnomer

  1. Molly

    WOW – you can tell that I am of an older generation – I have never heard of “time management games” – but I do think I have to go take a peak so that I can visualize what you are talking about :)

    I haven’t tried Sims either – although my daughter was rather addicted to Sims 2. I am thinking of trying that one myself to see if it might perhaps help spark some ideas for fictional characters in future writing endeavors (so would that be considered procrastination with a purpose?!)
    .-= Molly´s last blog ..Review: The Swan Thieves =-.

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  2. Chantal

    This is how sad I am; I just typed ‘I love time management games’ into Google and your blog entry came up.

    I cannot tell you how many hours of my life I spent playing these!! I discovered them last year.

    And yes, it is a downward spiral but I really do enjoy them.

    :)

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    1. Belle

      :) I understand absolutely! I keep searching “time-management game” in my iPhone to see what new games have been added, and I’ve also searched online to see what PC games are available.

      I discovered last night that Jane’s Hotel is now an iPhone app. I’ve been trying to resist getting it but I already know I’m going to give in and get it soon.

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  3. Nan

    The Sims 3 can make an entire afternoon disappear for me! I don’t allow myself to turn it on during the work week. I can only play it on weekends. I just love that game!
    .-= Nan´s last blog ..I’m back! =-.

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