You know the drill.....Deadline to get out the door is 10 minutes away and you're still trying to squeeze 18 minutes of "quickie" tasks into those too few minutes. Like Cinderella's stepsisters trying to squeeze their feet into her glass slipper. End result? Not out the door on time! Know how I know? Because I myself suffer from a severe case of "OneMore-itus". As in, "I'll just do this one more thing before I leave".
And, I'm not alone! According to the Planning Fallacy, it's human nature to underestimate how long a task will take, even if we've done the task before. That load of wash that'll just take a minute to throw in the dryer? More realistically it is a 7 minute time allotment. How about that email we'll just "quickly" respond to before moving on to what we should be doing? Mhmmm.....more like 9-11 minutes!
My point, you ask? These little time under-estimations over the course of a day will push us behind and make us feel like we'll never catch up. We simply cannot have more than 24 hours in each day, just as those stepsisters could not squeeze their over-sized feet into someone else's shoe. The big question is, how do we manage the 24 hours that we DO have?
Gaining control over the "OneMore-itus" beast starts with accurately estimating what I can and cannot do, in the time frame I have. It's a little painful to leave that load in the washer as I head out the door, but the feeling of arriving at my destination ON TIME, maybe even with a minute to spare, by far outweighs the initial pain.
I challenge you to try tiny time management for a day. Look at all the little tasks accomplished over a day and see how accurate your time perception is. I carried a timer with me for a day and was amazed.
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