One of my former managers used to zip through the hallways of our office building like she was trying to catch a bus.
Everything was urgent, and there was only one way to get to the next meeting or appointment—fast!
I’m a speed walker too, but only on the treadmill. The rest of the time, I’m a little pokey. I tend to mosey from one project to the next like a drunken cowboy.
I used to think people who displayed a sense of urgency were uptight. They made me feel really anxious!
What’s the rush? Where’s the fire? Stop and smell the roses and all that hippie stuff.
If I wanted to get ahead, I needed a better strategy.
As I’ve gotten older (and stopped acting like a teenage slacker), I’ve come to appreciate going about my days with a sense of urgency.
I map out what I want to get done that day the night before, and I estimate how long it will take to complete each project. Maybe 20 minutes for cleaning up my email inbox. Maybe 60 minutes for my marketing work.
By giving myself specific time frames for each project, I keep that sense of urgency all day. I’m racing the clock the entire time.
You’ve heard that the amount of time a particular task requires is the amount of time you give it.
If you give yourself 2 days to finish something, you’ll take 2 days. But if you only give yourself an hour, you’ll finish it in an hour.
I was floored when I realized that I can work much faster than I thought possible by simply giving myself a short deadline. Some days I’m like the Flash after 3 espressos—nothing can slow me down!
A sense of urgency doesn’t mean you fill every waking second of your life with busy-ness. It means you attack each of your tasks, meetings, and projects with a sense of purpose.
Are you excited to dive into your work? Are you ready to kill your to-do list and really GET STUFF DONE?
There’s no time to waste—get going and find your sense of urgency!
Do you proceed with a sense of urgency?