One of the keys of turning launches into processes is your use of buffers.

A buffer is the space between the moment when you plan to finish something and the moment you need it to be finished.

The bigger your buffer, the less stress it gives you when circumstances beyond your control interfere.

Left unguarded, buffers tend to get smaller and smaller.

On the one hand there is always someone who wants to minimize your buffers. They want you to do things as quickly as possible.

On the other hand you tend to minimize your own buffers, to squeeze things in, to think that you can do things faster, often based on results in the past.

It requires active resistance to safeguard your buffers. It’s you who are responsible for it.

But when you do, you will find that you finish things before they need to be finished.

Others will notice that you always finish things on time.

And you will have a lot less stress.