I think it’s healthy to consider why you are trying to get something done as quickly as possible in the first place. If you have to rush through it, is it really that important to you?
Rushing usually doesn’t create the desired effect.
Not to say we should throw away all deadlines and constraints. Constraints used well are guardrails that keep us on track and set us up to finish what we start. However, repeatedly setting unrealistic deadlines and constant rushing through things not only stresses everyone involved out, it completely diminishes our ability to do great work.
Rushing usually comes into play when your desire to do more outpaces your time and resources available. A classic example is traveling to Europe for a weeks vacation and trying to fit 30 countries in. Instead of enjoying one city, such as London, and all the wonders and excitements that the city holds, you spend 90% of your time hopping from one place to the next, taking a flyby trip to London, Paris, Rome, Hamburg…. on and on. You leave with a few great memories and one universal sentiment: “I wish I hadn’t planned so many destinations to visit”.
Rushing happens in all types of day to day life as well. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught myself quickly reading a book just to get it over with so I can go to the next one. (And barely able to recall what I just read.)
What’s the point of reading a book if you aren’t learning anything or enjoying it?
And the biggest capital offender of rushing is work. We rush to get to work, we rush to meetings, we rush to eat, we rush projects, we rush leaving work, and we rush through conversations, answer a few quick emails and go to bed to start all over again.
Have you ever stopped to consider why we as a culture do it this way? Is this the most effect way to build a business or is this just the default?
What if we instead focused on quality versus quantity. What if we gave ourselves just enough time — not to little, and not to much — to create high quality projects and meaningful conversations and relationships.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #535