Essentialists accept the reality that we can never fully anticipate or prepare for every scenario or eventuality; the future is simply too unpredictable. Instead, they build in buffers to reduce the friction caused by the unexpected.

We live in an unpredictable world - we constantly face the unexpected. For example, you don’t know if the train will be on time or run late, if a colleague will drop the ball on an important project, etc. Therefore, it is important to prepare for the unexpected by building buffers in your life. Here, buffers refer to actions and habits that will make it easier to deal with the unexpected.

If you don’t prepare for the unexpected and instead choose to face each problem as it comes up, you will deal with a lot of problems. Dealing with all those problems will keep you distracted and busy. You will not be able to function as productively and efficiently as normal.

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