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A head of time

Think about what needs to happen well ahead of time.

Work out how long you need – make a timeline.

Look again – allow plenty of time for each step, and time for transitions between steps.

Add a bit for the unexpected… and a bit more.

Act as if you’re short of time – maintain a sense of urgency.

Don’t stop until you’re finished (early?).

See also:

As Long As It Takes (1): Oliver Burkeman on Patience
The first time takes twice as long
Deadlines and timelines
Whose timeline?
On information and time, and what we know for certain
Oliver Burkeman: “You can’t master time… but try the Pomodoro technique.”
Tim Ferriss on time management as priority management
Patrick McKenzie on time as asset; time as debt
The second time through the process

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