Stop Rushing

Rushing (going faster than necessary) can lead to accidents, misunderstanding and problems.  By thinking then proceeding at a good and steady pace we can reach our destination or project objective safely and productively. This takes continuous practice and the understanding of what the components of rushing actually are for us. There is physical rushing and mental rushing. Today we will focus on the causes of physical rushing. To prevent physical rushing, we first need to understand why it occurs.

When We Cause The Problem

Rushing occurs when:

  • We haven’t preplanned our projects.
  • We have more on our plate than we originally anticipated.
  • We have lost track of time and have to catch up.
  • We become ill or have an unexpected family emergency.

When Others Cause The Problem

We can also be in a rushed state because of other people. Some examples are:

  • Others who have not fulfilled their part of the project
  • Others who fail to show up ready or on time
  • Others who become ill or have a family emergency

Other Causes of Rushing

We can also be rushing because:

  • The supplies or material have not arrived. This could be due to weather, transportation issues or even paperwork delays.
  • The supplies delivered are wrong or damaged.
  • Something broke unexpectedly and now a delay has set in.

By understanding the causes of physical rushing, and being aware of the potential signals, we can develop strategies to prevent, avoid or timetable some “extra” time in our plan to account for these potential problems.  By making adjustments to our initial timetable or along the way we can complete our projects safely.

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Filed under Client Management Strategies, Communication, Knowledge, Organizing, Productivity, Time

One response to “Stop Rushing

  1. Fred

    I think the key to what Terry is saying here is to when she refers “to timetable some extra time in our plan to account for these potential problems”. I think an engineer (which I once was) would think of this as designing in a “margin of safety”. Anticipate what potential difficulties might be and add that into your “margin of safety”. Generally in terms of personal time management, this means planning to transcend just doing enough to meet the minimum standard. If your work time starts at 8:30, arrive not “on time” but early. Then if there’s a traffic jam, you’ll more liable to arrive “on time”. If you’re trying to lose weight, think beyond just pounds and try to be an athlete in your own terms. Then you’ll have a built-in margin of safety to help you if you belong to weight loss groups like Weight Watchers of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) instead of “rushing” to lose weight right before the weigh-in. The importance of not rushing is also safety – I’ve found that most accidents happen when we are physically rushing. Thanks to Terry for reminding us to slow down.

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