An important part of task management is being realistic about how much time you need to allot to getting certain things done. You may think that big report you’ve been putting off will only take you an hour to complete, but did you factor in any possible interruptions? Any parts you might get stuck on?
As a general rule, it usually takes 1 1/2 to 3 times longer than you’d expect to complete a particular task. It is smart to give yourself plenty of time; always account for the unexpected. The better you become with assigning your time, the less likely you will be to procrastinate.
Another issue to take into consideration is the possibility of technology failing. If you have a specific deadline for a project that affects others, whether it be coworkers or clients, it is obviously best not to put it off. We’re all familiar with the story of the college student who stayed up all night working on a paper, only to discover the printer is broken when he goes to print it 10 minutes before class. Don’t allow yourself to be in the same situation!
Remember, allow more time than you might original think you need. If you finish early, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The main thing to remember is to be as realistic as possible.
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