Building margin into your schedule ensures you still have enough time to meet your goals when things go awry. We often forget that it's also great for processing stress and recharging between tasks.
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If you live a busy lifestyle or have a packed day, you know that stress comes with the package. If you're running low on emotional fuel — feeling too stressed, overwhelmed, or in a bad mood — your productivity will drop and you might even find yourself resenting everything . A little margin in your schedule gives you leeway to get things done, but that's not all it's good for.
LJ Earnest of Simple Productivity Blog suggests making room for emotional margin to give yourself time to handle stress between tasks:
Life isn't always smooth sailing, and emotional upsets can require some margin too. The bigger the upset, the more margin you need. Emotional margin generally takes more time than physical or mental margin, but it should still be an important factor in what you undertake.
So when scheduling a meeting that could end badly, or even a couple of low-stress tasks in a row, also schedule yourself some cool-down time afterward for smooth emotional sailing throughout your day.
Building Margin Into Your Schedule [Simple Productivity Blog]