Illustration by Tanya Burr

It’s tough to be on time for everything, but many of us are always racing to beat the clock. Turns out we’re probably underestimating how long daily activities take us. According to some psychologists, we’re not great at estimating the length of our own tasks. So spend a day or two timing and writing down how long those daily routines really take, then use the new knowledge for more effective planning. Trust us, it’ll save time in the long run.

The Takeaway: Try timing daily activities for a better idea of how long your routines really take — and then use the knowledge to manage time more effectively.

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