I’ve been noticing lately how fast I think I should complete things. In my mind, I imagine how long a task or project will take — and it’s not pretty.
So I’ve developed a new rule: double it.
If you think that doing social media should take you 20 minutes a day, double it. If you think that clearing your desk should take an hour, double it. If you think finishing your taxes will take a few more days, give it a week.
A recent example:
If you think it will take 15 minutes to get to downtown Salem, give yourself 30. The journey will be song-filled, not curse-filled. You will bless the person who vacates a parking spot instead of ranting about the lack of them. You’ll arrive at your destination calmer and happier and ready to enjoy your day. Double the time. Make a note.
Love, your wiser self
If you want to reclaim your sanity, pull back on your expectations. Every time you say (through gritted teeth) ” This shouldn’t be taking so long”, you just make yourself crazy. It’s a lie — it *does* take that long. Take a breath. Make peace with it. This is how long it takes.
My suggestion? Try doubling your guess and see how your sanity improves. Let me know how it goes!