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Part II: Multi-Tasking > Estimate Task Times Accurately

Chapter 8. Estimate Task Times Accurately

Most people underestimate how long it takes to manage information—especially those repetitive tasks they do several times a day, almost without thinking (part of the problem!) such as opening mail, responding to messages, making copies, sending faxes, and the like. When was the last time you set aside time on your daily schedule to return calls? See, that time is not free.

Do you feel frustrated at the end of the day partly because of miscalculating how long things take? To find out, take a quick diagnostic Task Time Trial, adapted from Context magazine (Fall 1998), following these steps:


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