Tempus Fugit

There's a well-known productivity hack that you may be familiar with - adding on 15 or 30 minutes extra when you are blocking out time in your calendar, whether it be for a meeting, or for focused work on a project.

I use this technique often. Sometimes, I finish on time, and on rare occasions I'm a bit early, but more often than not, I need all of those extra minutes, and I'm glad I built in the cushion.

Why is this hack so necessary, and why does it work so well for so many of us? It's simple...we humans are generally very bad at judging the amount of time a task will take. 

You probably know this to be true in your own life. You think you've allowed plenty of time to get ready for work, and then find yourself running to catch the bus. You tell yourself you'll just spend 10 minutes checking Facebook, and the next thing you know, an hour has passed. You decide to Marie Kondo the garage on a Saturday morning, but 8 hours later, you've got crap strewn all over the...

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