Allow buffer time ~ Probably the best ever time-management tip to save your sanity

I think this could be my best ever time management tip- Give yourself some buffer time.

This tips saves time and your sanity.

This is probably my best ever time management tip in terms of keeping calm and keeping your sanity. Allow yourself some buffer time
Best ever time management tip to save you time and your sanity.

No, I’m not talking about that annoying buffering we get when we’re waiting for something to upload.  I’m talking about a window of time we allow ourselves.

I’m sure we’ve all experienced times when we’re running late and everything seems to be going wrong.  I want you to avoid those times because they are always so stressful for everyone involved.  Instead, build in some buffer time.

So why is this my best ever time management tip?

It’s my best ever time management tip simply because it has saved me time and definitely my sanity so many time and when I don’t remember to do this, I always wish I had.

Even this weekend with my son, we ended up being late arriving for a family meal simply because I didn’t allow buffer time.  I left everything to the last minute and then wondered why my son wasn’t ready either.

Buffer time for travel

We never know when there will be hold ups when we travel.  Even on short journey’s, it’s wise to allow some buffer time. Now when I suggest this to clients who have very rushed lives, they often say.  But surely that’s wasted time.  In my opinion, it’s not wasted time.  Giving yourself some buffer time means you arrive on time and in a calm fashion, rather than stressed or running late.

If you do arrive early, take the time to visualize the rest of the day.  Focus on what you want.  This time, is never wasted time.

Buffer time for the kids

If your house is anything like mine, your child will always remember they need something from upstairs as you’re just about to leave the house.  Or they seem to have an inbuilt go slow when you need them to rush.  Most kids aren’t doing this on purpose, they are more likely responding to your energy and getting flustered.

Allowing a few minutes buffer time works wonders.

On a school morning, we allow a 5-minute buffer time. This means that we have time for my son running upstair for his reading book at the last minute or last minute dashes to the toilet…

Buffer time when completing projects or your to-do list

Every day I have a finish up time.  This is when my scheduled work ends and I start the process of closing down for the day.  This is usually about 30 minutes.  This allows me time to plan for the next day and complete anything that has run over time on my to-do list.

When I set myself a goal to complete a project, for example, write a new ebook.  I plan out what needs doing and give it a time frame and then I add buffer time.  In the case of my last ebook that was two days.  This gave me breathing time to make sure everything was the way I wanted it before publishing.

Time management is about making the most of your time so that you do what needs doing and what you want to do using the time you have.  Adding in buffer time allows you to be calm, organized and get whatever it is you are doing, DONE.

When we’re rushing we tend to forget things.  This buffer time has proved a time saver in my book time and time again.

This blog post is part of a series.  To read the rest of my time-management tips, go to Time-Management

Make buffer time a daily habit

I believe that time management is all about building positive habits that will support you and improve your time-management skills.  So I strongly encourage you to start today building buffer time into your day.


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18 thoughts on “Allow buffer time ~ Probably the best ever time-management tip to save your sanity

  1. Great post, Wendy.

    I love that you call it buffer time! I am a great advocate for making sure that there is enough time to get to your destination without the stress and hair-pulling ut I never had a word for it. I think I’ll start calling it the buffer too, thank you.

  2. I used to be chronically late but have worked very hard to change this so am always looking for good time management tips. I will consciously now add a buffer time. I really like the idea of shut down time at the end of day!

  3. Hey Wendy,

    Great Post! I struggle with this a lot and my husband gets pretty upset at me sometimes because I go back in the house several times before being ready to actually leave in the morning (we are able to commute together). It’s even worse when we’re trying to get out the door with our 7 month old sweetie. 🙂 I’ll have to add in this Buffer Time to my schedule!

  4. Thanks Wendy I love the term “buffer time”. In project management it’s called “contingency” and it’s such a dull word. I’m great at it when in PM mode on projects but completely manage to forget about it for my private life. I will hence forth be building in buffer time :). Thank you.

  5. I really need to work on this myself! My boyfriend has been stressing this to me as well because I always seem to have to rush from one task immediately to another. In addition to not being flustered and running late, I’d definitely appreciate just a moment to breathe here and there throughout the day!

  6. This post is fascinating, it describes my daughter exactly! She’s the opposite of me, as I’m always late and in a rush, whereas she is ready at least half an hour before. I think it must be genetic, passed down from my grandmother. At this moment she is studying for her A levels to a really rigorous regime, timing everything and constantly checking herself against past papers’ answers. She’s up at 6.30am every morning to start working again on her planned schedule. I find it exhausting!

    Brilliant blog by the way, a really good read!

  7. Thank you. We certainly are all different Alice, the key is to take what works for you so that you’re getting the things done that are important to you. xx

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