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Optimism Bias

Research shows that we often underestimate the time and obstacles involved in completing a task even when it directly contradicts our past experiences.

This can be explained by our optimism bias — our natural tendency to believe that the future will somehow be better than the past.

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  • The next time you find yourself struggling to estimate, ask: How much time and effort have similar tasks required in the past?
  • Schedule buffer time: Keep in mind that there will always be factors outside of your control, and moreover, you may very...

Think about the last task you completed. Did it take you around the time you’d estimated? Probably not.

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