There’s no standard length. Chains may vary considerably in length, often according to the time of day.
If the first task on the list is a very easy task, then it’s not uncommon to have only that one task in the chain. In other words the answer to the question “What do I want to do before this?” is “Nothing.”
On the other hand there may be a long chain of minor tasks. This is particularly common at certain times of day, such as opening up work or closing it down.
As a general guidance, don’t make your chain too long in terms of time it will take to deal with it. The total time is more important than the number of tasks. You should aim on a normal day for a minimum of three chains. Five or six is even better.
Last updated on April 28, 2012 at 23:04 by Mark Forster