How many times has this happened to you? You’re ready to go in plenty of time, then you decide to do just 1 more thing. You think it will only take a few minutes and you have plenty of time, so what’s the harm? You can knock one more thing off of your to-do list, great!
Doing just 1 more thing turns out to take more time than you thought, and now you’re late. This quote by Leo Kennedy pretty much sums it up, “The surest way to be late is to have plenty of time.”
This has happened to me more times than I care to admit, and I’m actually pretty good with managing my time effectively. However, I am human and sometimes the urge to get as much done in a short amount of time becomes sort of a challenge.
The thought of a challenge, and my effective time management skills, makes me believe that I can do just 1 more thing, and it always bites in my you-know-what! I fall, or fell for it time after time and that way of thinking made me realize that I need to work on this particular aspect of managing my time optimally.
So much has been written about time management, or optimizing the time we have more effectively. It’s all good stuff and we have to cull through it to understand what works best for us, and I’m no different.
I started thinking about options to avoid being late because I believe that I can do just 1 more thing when I have some time before an appointment. There are always options when making decisions.
What resonated with me, is that I need to take a pause. That I need to slow down. That I really need to consider what is involved to do just 1 more thing before my appointment. It’s a way of organizing my thoughts to manage my time optimally.
It’s also a way to mitigate risk, the risk of being late to my appointment. So, the next time you have some extra time before an appointment, I encourage you to slow down, take a pause and consider what is involved to do just 1 more thing.