Here are some insights from experts on various aspects of delays from diverse fields:

  1. Healthcare and Scheduling:

    • Delays often arise due to tightly packed schedules with little room for flexibility. As systems lose their slack, delays become inevitable, especially during high-demand periods like holidays 1 .
  2. Drug Approval and Regulation:

    • The FDA's cautious drug approval process, aimed at safety, often results in significant delays. This can deprive patients of potentially life-saving treatments, leading to substantial overall welfare losses 2 3 .

      Delays and Shortages

      Seth highlights the impact of reduced slack in systems, emphasizing the expectation of delays during the holiday rush. Paula humorously reflects on the intricacies of manufacturing, while discussing the shortage of cars due to a scarcity of computer chips.


      Expect Delays
  3. Travel and Transportation:

    • Airplane travel delays are influenced by congestion and weather interactions. Technological advancements like satellite-based systems have the potential to reduce these delays by increasing airspace capacity 4 .
  4. Housing Development:

    • Affordable housing projects frequently face delays due to public hearings and lawsuits, immensely increasing costs and reducing housing supply. These delays are exacerbated in restrictive areas, significantly impacting communities in need 5 6 .
  5. Conversation Flow:

    • Delays in conversation can feel uncomfortable because they are rarely experienced in daily interactions. Our brains are wired to fill silences quickly, making extended pauses feel strange and prompting immediate responses to maintain smooth communication 7 .
  6. Procrastination:

    • Not all delays are negative. Some are practical (intentional delays for higher priority tasks), inevitable (unavoidable due to external factors), or emotionally justified. Understanding these distinctions can help mitigate the negative perception of all delays as procrastination 8 .

Exploring these clips can provide more details on how delays impact different areas and the expert opinions on managing them.