How long will it take you to get ready for something?
The answer is really another question: How much time do you have?
In my experience, it always takes the amount of time I have to get ready. The same goes for packing. If I have 30 minutes, it takes me 30 minutes to pack. If I have an hour, I will spend that hour packing or getting ready. I have 5 minutes, I can be out the door in 5 minutes.
My friend Dan was the first person to make me aware of this. He said, “Since I pack in the amount of time I have, I only leave myself 5 minutes before leaving to the airport.” When I traveled with him once I offered to pick him up before we headed to the airport. When I arrived he hadn’t even started packing yet! This was so frustrating to me as I constantly checked my watch and became more and more anxious as each minute ticked by. He was not stressed by his packing and in 5 minutes we were on our way.
I thought about Dan last night. We had friends over and I thought I would be rushed to get everything ready in one hour. Things changed in my day and I actually had 2 hours before my friends arrived. And no, I did not have an extra hour to relax. It took exactly 2 hours of cleaning, cooking, outfit planning, and dusting that end table lamp, before I heard the doorbell ring.