A bomb counting down, which the hero stops with one second to spare…
Wasting time doing something you hate when so much else needs doing…
Lying awake at night worrying about all your unfinished tasks…
There are no positive images associated with a ticking clock. Time is the enemy. We struggle to get more done in less time. Clients used to ask me how to be more productive. Friends and family working in the corporate world regularly work more than the once standard nine-to-five workday. And new small business owners often do fifty to sixty hours just to survive.
And yet, no one gets enough done.
Of course many corporate employees can’t complain about the work hours. There’s always someone else ready to step in, likely for less money. And if small businesses want to become profitable, the high hours are necessary.
Sounds pretty hopeless, eh?
We need to adopt a new time attitude, create positive images of a ticking clock. Instead of trying to be more productive in less time, we need to focus on taking enough time to do things well.
But the business world is too often more interested in deadlines than quality (see the latest problems with Microsoft’s Windows’ update Vista). And unless we experience some sort of time revolution on a personal or societal scale, the ticking clock will always be our enemy.
- Stop fighting the clock. It’s always going to win.
- Make a conscious decision for quality over quantity.