We all have trouble estimating time. Yes, that’s an admission of guilt. But, there’s no shame. It’s tough – especially when you get distracted by fun stuff. Like Angry Birds. Enough said.
There’s an easy — though not necessarily quick — way to really tell how long it takes you to get stuff done. When writing your to do list, include how long you think it will take you to complete each task. Then, check the time you start and finish each one (it might help to set a timer). Write down your actual time and repeat the process with the each thing on your list.
How off do you think you’ll be with your estimating? Does it matter? Yes. It matters how good you are at estimating because you’ll be more realistic about the things you:
1. Say yes to
2. Add to your to do list
Try tracking your time for a day or two or seven. Try to be more thoughtful and realistic about what you add to your list and how long each task will take. And, start thinking about who you can tap on the shoulder for help, particularly for those tasks that will take more time than you can spare.