Stay Out of the Incubator of Idiocy
Sometimes it’s important to get a task finished as quickly as possible.
Urgent tasks might include fixing a water leak.
Or taking care of a friend or family member or a child who is suddenly sick.
Or putting out a fire.
That’s true urgency. Lives are on the line.
But, I do assert that this isn’t as common of a scenario as we often think.
Or at least it shouldn’t be.
Here are some things that should never be urgent, but often times are: Packing for a planned trip. Getting to a meeting on time. Responding to an email. Finishing up a strategic project.
Work with less urgency and more intention.
Here are a few tips:
- Set reasonable deadlines.
- Schedule time for project planning.
- Work efficiently, but not “in a rush”.
- Avoid putting having to place things into the “urgent and important” quadrant.
Benjamin Franklin said that “haste makes waste”.
I say that urgency is the incubator of idiocy.
Schedule what’s important so you’re not forced to work in the same quadrant as firefighters and ER nurses.