I clocked myself to to do tasks :
Send letter with headshots and resumes to an agency
type up addendum for future earnings-goals (that I had already written up on paper)
The total time to do both of those tasks as fast as I could: 15 minutes.
But I told myself NOT to focus on the little followup details. These include
Adding 2 agencies to address book
proofreading Financial addendum
Making sure the dimensional analysis adds up
archiving the relationship with the agency
creating a W/F for the agency
making a follow-up @ phone or @email for the other agency
Total time for "tying loose ends to those" tasks: 30 minutes
Those 5 follow-up for those 2 tasks took TWICE as long as actually accomplishign the task! In other words it took me 15 minutes to MARK "DONE" on those two mini-projects-NAs
But the follow-ups and integrating all of them into addressbook system and proofreading and tying up loose ends took 2x per long!
I'm positive the same is true for a 10 hour project. Followups/Finishing touches/Tying lose ends would take 20 hours!!
So NAs and projects Balloon to 3 times as long as they have to be possibly!
A teach told me "god is in the details", others say the devils in the details. Maybe true, but I'e got to find a way to focus on cutting down the "details Followups/Finishing touches/Tying lose ends" to projects or NAs to get more things done Faster!
(Note: this is related to the "Finishing Tasks, Need to Fix this" thread beause it helps with the solution to that but was such a huge breakthrough that I wanted to share it here). Then if you include the 5-10 minutes it took to write up this revelation. The ENTIRE clock time for those 2 projects could have been 15, but turned into 60 minutes!!
This is an amazing breakthrough because NOW I know why I dread doing tasks, it's the painstaking follow-up, loose end, hell and double checking to make sure all address books are accurate and archived, proofread, etc.
wow, I MUST cut down on "loose-end proofreading" but WITHOUT losing the thoroughness and comprehensiveness of completing my tasks.