I thought I had plenty of time. It was Saturday morning and I had nearly 5 hours until everything needed to be completed for the event. That seemed like an eternity. In fact, I expected to have enough time for a leisurely breakfast during the morning.
But, as I pushed forward through my projects, I began wondering where the time was going. Each hour slipped away at a maddening pace and I wasn’t getting any closer to being finished. My deadline came at 2pm and I missed it. I caused delay to 20+ people because I under-estimated the time it took to complete my tasks.
Later, my friend Doug said “you should’ve called me. It was easy to see you didn’t have enough time.” He pointed out that:
- Task 1 had 20 pieces @ 10 minutes per piece = 200 minutes (3.33 hours)
- Task 2 had 10 steps @ 15 minutes per step = 150 minutes (2.5 hours)
So, the end result was easily predictable. Arrg. That makes my failure worse. If I had started with that information, I would have known to ask for help.
Do you know how long your job will take? Do you ever stop to calculate the time each task will take?
Thanks for listening.