from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. characterized by a system where things are done one at a time
- adj. contemporaneous
- adj. a personality type (distinguished from polychronic) which prefers to set a certain time to perform each task
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Existing at the same time; contemporaneous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of one and the same time; existing or happening at the same time; contemporaneous; in geology, deposited, or apparently deposited, at the same period: said of organic remains.
I had hoped that someone would comment on how monochronic the author of this article was.
For example, the monochronic style makes planning usually easier, since it is a linear model.
Cultures considered to be monochronic are those that stress completing one task before embarking on the next.
Thus, monochronic people can usually better predict how long it will take to finish a task, and just as important, can more easily reject a request for additional work.
Some cultures mix both styles, such as the Japanese, who are monochronic when it comes to work, and polychronic in social situations.
The United States and Canada tend to be fairly monochronic, while Mexico tends to be polychronic.
An Anglo-Saxon man with a very definite monochronic style, he told me that he mostly hired Mexican construction workers, because they were "consistently superior" to other workers.
Interestingly, what we have found is that those who are monochronic are more easily promoted because another person can more easily fill their job.
I dunno, but you might want to look into polychronic vs. monochronic time management.