“He was a fanatic about both preparation and then adaptation: ‘The plans are nothing, but the planning is everything.'”
– David Brooks describing General Eisenhower in Road to Character
As Eisenhower had learned the equal value of preparing plans and of being prepared for plans to fail, drama can be successfully removed from our day by factoring in time for…
- getting lost
- travel issues
- uncooperative kids, pets, or technology
- forgotten or misplaced items
- people that need help
- and miscellaneous sh#*
Most time-management gurus don’t pack their schedules to the brim but, rather, leave at least one-third of their time flexible to avoid unnecessary scheduling frustrations.
Likewise, when working with clients who want to overcome being chronically late, I encourage them to always allow thirty-minutes extra for everything.