I'm not the most active poster around here but thought I'd chime in a bit.
Yes, as @canucklax mentioned, it's a pretty quick process to check who is available. But given how the draft has been somewhat unpredictable with so many prospects going over active roster players, we've been left caught off guard at times. Our spreadsheets are all over the place now. I've been travelling for the last two months (driving across North America in June and going around Europe in July) and I'm not gonna lie, fantasy hockey is not my #1 priority at this moment. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy fantasy leagues as much as anyone else but I'm not exactly sitting around on my phone/laptop all day waiting for it to be our pick. There's a beautiful world out there to be explored!
Time zones weren't too big of an issue when I was still in NA but now I'm half a day ahead of @maroe, who works during the day, so it's not always that we can confirm our pick within minutes of it being our turn. The time limits are there for the GM to use for their picks so I don't see the big deal here. As far as I know, real GMs have time limits to make their draft picks and they have the right to use every second of it. Sure, it's much shorter than the time limits in this draft, but the idea of being able to do what you want within the rules is the same. Why create flexible time limits if GMs aren't expected to use them? We're cool with picking a date where everyone gets online to finish the draft immediately, if there's that big of a rush to get things done with. Perhaps I'm taking a friendly jab a bit too seriously now...
We generally have a shortlist of guys we want each round but things don't always play out as expected so for some rounds we've been changing up our plans. Unfortunately that takes time and means we have to do some additional homework on guys we didn't think we'd be able to get and calculate the risk of leaving other guys on the table for next round. We do our best to keep the draft moving by picking as soon as we can. Awkward internet connectivity on my end and random work-related meetings for @maroeslow things down. Though I take probably 90% of the blame for the slow picks as maroe is usually on the ball when it's our turn. Paint me as the villain all you want haha but maroe is a nice guy and sends me a ton of spam to get my butt online. I've tried to convince him to make picks without waiting but he insists that this is a team effort. Still trying to find a balance with working together. Kudos to those of you that have a huge, detailed list prepared for every round and only need seconds to make your pick. I respect your dedication to the game and hope you're all able to build awesome teams.
Neither of us have a strong opinion about the time limit changing. It's July and there's still plenty of time before the Sept 15 deadline that's posted on the first page.. That said, I get that people are excited to make their picks so if the time limits get reduced that's understandable. I'd be happy with getting the draft done with asap too. We're indifferent and don't have any real power to influence the rules anyway. It's a non-issue for us. We'll make our pick within our time limit as we've done so far and in the case where we miss one, it's not the end of the world either.