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The Idea

A few years ago, two people I know decided to take their children to Disneyland. They were staying in Santa Monica, California, at the time. They explained their plan to me: Leave Santa Monica after breakfast and drive to Disneyland, spend the day there, visit all the good rides, come back, put the children to bed with a babysitter, have a bath to wind down, dress up, go out, and have a nice relaxing dinner.

My immediate reaction was, “That's gonna be one long day.” I guess it's the project manager in me, but it sounded to me like that Saturday wouldn't come to a close until well into Sunday. When I mentally strung all the tasks together, there seemed to be too much going on there. When I did it on paper, my suspicions were confirmed. Here's the best-case scenario of what their Saturday was going to look like:


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