This is #9 out of 25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work.
Transitions. Make sure you plan in enough time between activities and appointments, and find ways to fail proof being on time.
I always underestimate how much time I need to finish something, so I’m often rushing from place to place with no time to spare. This lifestyle is strenuous, and it is not very happy OR productive. I’m slowly learning to make more realistic assessments of how much time I have and how much time I need to achieve a goal.
I think the instruction to “make sure you plan in enough time between activities and appointments, and find ways to fail proof being on time” could be extended to include your emotions and relationships. For example, a speedy transition from singleness to marriage would probably lead to problems down the road, if you and your partner haven’t taken time to develop a full understanding of one another.
Similarly, hurrying through the transitory stages of grief or failing to take enough time to adjust to moving to a new city might create more emotional or organizational disruptions for you than would have been created otherwise, if you took your time and eased through these processes.