I used to bemoan the fact that when I asked a programmer how long he thought it would take him to finish a project and he said four days, this actually meant four weeks.
But the trouble is, that’s often how things work – and in fact I’m as guilty as the next person for underestimating the length of time that tasks will take.
In business it’s good to exceed your customers’ expectations.
For instance I love that when I buy a book on Amazon, the site tells me it won’t get delivered for several days, but then my order often turns up tomorrow.
When you underestimate the length of time it’ll take you to do something, I think you’re really setting yourself up to fail.
Instead of being pleased with your achievement, you’ll be disappointed in how much longer it took than it should have done.
So why not try to be a bit more lenient when it comes to planning your time?
Instead of giving yourself 30 minutes to tackle a task, and being dissatisfied when it takes 45, why not allow an hour in the first place?
This way you’ll very likely end up with a spare quarter of an hour to spend as you wish.
Do be kind to yourself.