How Much Time Will It Take? How to Estimate Task Duration

"Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law." -- Douglas Hofstadter, American professor of cognitive science. "Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." -- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. Workplace productivity springs heavily from one's skill at time management—although it’s not the only thing that determines productivity. Time management really boils down to self management. After all, how can you actually manage time itself, when we all get the same fixed amount? You can’t be so good at it that you create a 30-hour day for yourself. Therefore, your ability to estimate a task's duration becomes crucial when setting your schedule. Estimates come easiest … [Read more...]