More Causes of Rushing

Last month I covered the physical reasons for rushing – now I want to cover the other causes of rushing a project or activity, along with some preventive strategies.

We tend to start rushing if we find we were spending too much time in our “head”  concentrating on something else and need to catch up. The key here is to first acknowledge that you have been unavailable and then secondly work out a schedule to complete your task safety and productively.

The second reason for rushing can also be caused by allowing ourselves to  follow the pace of others. This can be dangerous and have less effective results. Again the key is to first acknowledge that you are “doing this”. You might identify the “doing of this” by observing your talking speed or your walking pace. If you find yourself speeding up your voice pace or copying the walking or movement pace of your client or co-worker you have likely caught their rushing bug. After observing and identifying your case of rushing, it is time to take a deep breath and physically slow your pace down. A short five-minute water break might be in order to help you go back to the more normal calmer state of your being. Your client will likely be able to use the break to slow themselves down.

Rushing is a way to create problems for yourself, your company or client. By being aware and understanding how rushing can affect you or your client,  you can consciously work to avoid it. This will allow you to create a more productive,  safer and calmer working relationship and working environment.

Link to earlier Stop Rushing post.

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One response to “More Causes of Rushing

  1. Fred

    I enjoyed Terry’s very thought-provoking comments on rushing. Maybe it would be very appropriate to professional organizers to consider this concept because “rushing” could be a contributing factor for the chronically disorganized state. I once asked a person who was extremely well organized, professionally and personally, how he managed to achieve this blissful status. He said the he organized constantly as he went along through the day; he never postponed this ongoing organization. When you think about it, though, a person with this habit is not “rushing”. He/she is deliberately taking time to organize, notwithstanding the pressures to do otherwise, by finishing one task before “rushing” off to start another. But if you are in the mindframe of rushing, be it manifested by rapid speech or other habits, then you are much less likely to organize “as you go”. You think that you’ll organize later, but the later never arrives as the pending disorganization accumulates, escalates and compounds itself. Thus, slowing down mentally would help the disorganized better approach tasks of ongoing self-management.

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