New Tasks Always Take the Longest!

When was the last time you had to do something for the first time?  How long did it take, probably much longer than you thought it would huh?  Were there difficulties and complications that you didn’t expect; hopefully you weren’t under a tight deadline.  Learning something new always takes a bit longer as we usually seem to underestimate how long it will take.

Did you know that a new task typically takes about four times longer than estimated?  Once you have developed the skill needed to do something well, you can probably speed through it next time.

Here are some tips below to help prepare for the first time you do a task…


Have the instructions, materials, and tools ready and at hand. Preparation will help ensure that you don’t get halfway through your project and realize you are missing a crucial piece, and as my dad always says, “if all else fails, read the directions!”


Seek advice from someone who has done the task before because they may give you their best tips!  If you don’t have access to a real-live person, go online, Google it, or check YouTube, there are some awesome tutorials out there on almost every task you can imagine!


Do it now, before it’s needed!  You sure don’t want to be doing something for the first time in a moment of crisis.  Allow extra time so you can try and stay ahead of your deadline.

Knowing how to do something is half the battle, so what takes an hour the first time, might only take 20 minutes the next time!

“The best way to get something done is to begin.”  (Author Unknown)

– Angela, Receptionist


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