Why do most people fail to finish their projects on time?
Here’s why you fail to finish that project on time, “Margin.” That word: MARGIN: An amount allowed beyond what is needed. It’s not something that shows up in your calendars all by itself. I bet you that if I was to look at your daily schedule, the one thing that would be missing, the one word that would not be there, would be MARGIN.
Why is that?
Because most of us don’t planned it. Prioritized it. That’s why it’s not there!
All you need, and the one thing that must happen now (plus one key thing to making it happen) is … you need to plan for it. It needs to be in your time management process. If that’s it, and that’s all we need to do, why is it so hard for us?
One more word: “Urgency”.
In the book. “The Time Trap: The Classic Book on Time Management” by Alec Mackenzie. Alex takes a deep dive into this urgency problem. Alex is also responsible for defining the “tyranny of the urgent.” In his book Alex help us discovered, recognized and then defined the tyranny. He goes on to described it like this.
“Urgency engulfs the time manager; yet the most urgent task is not always the most important. The tyranny of the urgent lies in its distortion of priorities. One of the measures of a manager is the ability to distinguish the important from the urgent, to refuse to be tyrannized by the urgent, to refuse to manage by crisis.”
Is that you? Always abandoning your plans because of the tyranny of the urgent, and because of that you fail to plan for margin?
Here’s one more thing that can cause you to fail to finish!
What most people fail to distinguish is the important from the urgent. Which then causes us to ask, “What’s important?” In Franklin Covey time management course “What Matters Most” he share why it’s so hard for us to define what is important to us:
Because we don’t know what is really important to us, Everything seems important.
Because everything seems important, We have to do everything. Other people, unfortunately, see us as doing everything, so they expect us to do everything. Doing everything keeps us so busy, We don’t have time to think about, what is really important to us.
To become a master of time management (which just means you’re able to finish your projects on time) you need to define your important work, than add margin, and leave the urgent for another day. I promise you this, urgent will always come back to demand your time!