Optimism Can Lead to Unrealistic Timelines

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I am as guilty of this as the next person. I set goals for the quarter, and then about half way through I wonder, “what was I thinking?!?”   This can be especially true when the objective we’ve set involves a larger, capacity building type of project.  Being optimistic is usually a great character trait but in planning it can sometimes mislead us. 

What we can fail to recognize in setting goals, is that time previously spent on day-to-day activities will now need to be dedicated to the ‘special project’.  When we plan we tend to forget that those daily activities still need to get done.  A good rule of thumb when planning, and especially when planning bigger projects is to take your initial timeline, and double it.  It might sound crazy, but try it and you may be surprised at the accuracy of your next project timeline.