There have been several attempts in history to describe timerot,
Through the ages, a variety of socialist thinkers have somehow tried to get a grip on the concept of timerot. The anabaptists of the time of the sixteenth century reformation wanted the abolition of the chuch, in that time a serious timerotting institute. People wasted oozles of time visiting the church and maintaining the clergy. The socialists at the time of the industrialisation also seemed to realize that somewhere, somehow, times was wasted. From the perspective of timerot the battle for the eight hour workday as not as much a struggle for justice as for a less wasteful spending of time in the treadmill of industrious activities that could have been done by machines.
The tragic of the socialists is of course that they forgot that the aim of reducing timer would inevitably have to lead to the abolishment of labour in all. The emphasis on a good wage for a day of hard work obscured the ultimate aim, and made the socialists the conservatives of the timerot age.
For instance, the name of the socialist party in the Netherlands and the UK, Labour Party (in Dutch Partij van de Arbeid) would make it impossible to abolish stupid work, as that would mean the abolishment of themselves. The name prevented them from thinking the unthinkable: getting rid of wasting time in labour.
The productivity cultus
From a different angle the possibility to have a clear view at the concept of timerot has also been nibbled away. Ever since creatures came to life, they have tried to be as efficient as possible to maintain their balance of energy. A seagull wil make a few attempts that get a part of a rotting fish from a coot as the seagull knows that consuming that rotting fish will mean that he will not have to worry about food for two days.
Mankind has also attempted to get more energy for less labour. Modern economists call that productivity. When getting lots of result with very little work, according to that definition you are very productive. From that point of view speculation is very productive: with very little work, lots is accomplished.
At the end of the nineteenth century this productivity cultus got a huge impuls by the creation of machines that were better capable of replacing human and aninmal labour. All kinds of agricultural equipment that replaced labour on the land, artisanal machines that made cloth, footwear, tools replaced the artisanal labour force, lead to a huge reduction of human labour. Good, less timewaste.
the heroes of that age, the engineers and construction designers, the investors in factories and machines, very clearly saw the advantages of these modern tools: far less people were needed to make more. That has been pursued relentlessly: after replacing artisanal work, the next step was to divide work in a series of simple actions so that the knowledge of knowing how to make something was not needed any more. Any kid could do it. And that was exactly what happened.
A tragic coincidence of this division of tasks was that these tasks became that simple that participation to the labour process, which had seemed to have a purpose up till that time, suddenly got all the attributes of timerot. An eight hour shift on the conveyor belt is eight hour of wasted time. All you could do is wait till the horn hooted, and your time wasting on nothing would stop.
Another unfortunate consequence of this rise of the machines was that this was accomplished in a society where some people thought they could own it all. Instead of distributing the fruits of the higher productivity to all, so that everybody could work less and enjoy a better life as the machines took care of producing what was needed, there was exorbitant wealth for a few, and misery for a big hunk of the rest of the people. Ring any bells?
This cultus of productivity still is rife at the moment, as well as the inaptitude to tackle the unequal distribution of the results and the timerot effects of this efficiency-rage.
Another current trying to catch the concept of timerot I define as the qualitatives. These are the people adept in describing how the division of time, labour, power and location to different realms of life got estranged. This description of society as being estranged led to a lot of confusion, and heated debates in which the one blamed the other of being estranged. 'What you are doing is strange!' 'No what you are doing is estranged, you think work is more important than sex!' 'And you think sex is more important than a decent living wage!'
I think the qualitatives tried to describe a society with a high timerot index, and the consequences that had on people, the amount of time they themselves experienced as wasted time.
Nowadays, one can recognise these society when people start to describe their own work as a bullshit job.