I read a research paper by two business professors, one from University of North Caralina and the other from Duke.  They were studying our ability to predict resources versus time.

The study showed that people can more accurately predict lack in resources better than their lack of time.  People were pretty much right on time when it came to predicting money ups and downs, which is a huge help in budgeting their money. However, they were way off base when it came to predicting time.

Where does time go?

How does that happen? Most people have a very optimistic view.  The fridge has food, the weather is doable, the traffic is flowing, the kids are prompt, there are no illnesses, meetings run right on time.  With this optimistic view we can over schedule ourselves. We become too busy.

Our time is valuable, we only have 24 hours a day, and we do need to sleep sometime in those 24 hours.   When we plan our days, even our events we need to look at time as a resource, a valuable resource.

Let’s consider reality when making our schedule.

Realities like traveling during rush hour could mean traffic.

Some days it just takes longer to get the kids in the car.

We need to consider teenage sons will instinctively drink all your milk and eat 3 loaves of bread on the day everyone is coming over, which means another trip to the grocery story that’s not in the schedule.

Consider the lunch date with someone who needs a listening ear to go longer than planned. You can’t just cut them short because your schedule is too tight.

The point is put some margins in your schedule. 

Q4U: Got any tips on putting margins in your schedule?

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