#135: It Always Takes Longer
Humans are unreliable narrators of their time
I came across the term “unreliable narrator” today. It defines every single human. My memory is distorted, my perception is biased, my narrative is skewed, my opinions unvalidated, my desires impulsive and my decision-making irrational. I can neither fully trust myself nor other people.
That’s especially true with regards to time estimates. My to-do lists are never finished, and my plans are always more ambitious than my abilities. That happens year in and out because I don’t learn. I don’t learn about my own inability to effectively balance self-knowledge, past experiences, and inevitable hopefulness regarding my possibilities.
After enough failed attempts, I choose to embrace that “things will always take longer than I think”. Some of them might be quicker, but the long and hard projects are going to take time. This principle will direct me towards ruthless prioritization. So I ask myself: