There’s a good chance most of the problems in your life and work come down to insufficient slack. If you ever find yourself stressed, overwhelmed, sinking into stasis despite wanting to change, or frustrated when you can’t respond to new opportunities, you need more slack in your life. Having a little bit of wiggle room allows us to respond to changing circumstances, to experiment, and to do things that might not work.
Slack consists of excess resources. It might be time, money, people on a job, or even expectations. Slack is vital because it prevents us from getting locked into our current state, unable to respond or adapt because we just don’t have the capacity. The irony is that we achieve far more in the long run when we have slack. We are more productive when we don’t try to be productive all the time.