018: Cushioning Your Time: Build Buffers Into Your Life

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018: Cushioning Your Time: Build Buffers Into Your Life

Sometimes life can be unexpected, and the only way we can prepare for that is by creating and building in cushions to our time so that we can slow down and do our best. In today’s episode, I’ll go over how and why we need to stop underestimating our time and instead adjust to it.

Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • How to build in buffers to your life.
  • Real life examples of how buffers allow you to adjust to unexpected events.
  • Why sometimes it’s not the best idea to be overly optimistic.
  • How to calculate the time it will actually take you to complete a task.

What To Do Next:

  • Take a look at how you’re doing. Are you failing deadlines? Are you underestimating your timelines? What is your average chance of completion?
  • Download the Building Buffers worksheet by entering your email in the popup form on this page and find out where you’re underestimating your time.
  • Start setting reminders using Siri, Cortana, etc. instead of doing that “one more thing.”

Resources and Links

  • Tips to use today:
    • Add a 50% buffer to your estimated time: If it takes you an estimated 10 minutes to get your child to soccer practice, leave the house 15 minutes before you need to be there.
    • If you do have extra time at the end of your drive or finish a project early, I suggest preparing for the next task ahead. Or use this time for friend/family conversations or checking social media (instead of checking it throughout the day).
    • Don’t just squeeze in one more thing: Use Siri, Cortana, Alexa, etc. as your personal assistant. Ask them to set reminders for you, like taking the trash out at the end of the day instead of when you’re rushing in the morning.
    • No matter how little time you have, take a few minutes, write down your tasks and figure out where you need to start.

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton