Take Your Effing Time

I like to take my time getting things done. Like when I get up in the morning, I get up early, but I don’t leave the house until about 10am. I check my email, eat breakfast, and plan my day all in tandem, and then, by 10am, I’m ready to give the day my full attention.

Credit: liz west

Credit: liz west

Now, I have this luxury because I work for myself — and even I have to show up for early morning meetings sometimes — but the point is that I get all the tedious shit out of the way so that I can then take the time to do other stuff properly.

You’ve heard the saying:There’s never enough time to do it right, but there’s always enough time to do it over.”

Well is that the kind of life you wanna lead? Always doing things over and playing catch-up with yourself? ‘Cause usually (but not always) when things pop up unexpected, and demand your complete attention, it’s because you never took the time to think and reflect and anticipate things.

And then you know what happens? While you were rushing to deal with something you didn’t take the time to see coming, everything else you’re working on suffers, and then you’re rushing around to get that stuff back on track, and if you’re not careful (and maybe a little bit lucky), you end up spending most of your time playing catch-up or putting out fires.

So take your time. Take your time to think about what you’re doing, and take your time to do it right. Because, otherwise, you’re gonna spend all your time doing things over again, and not ever getting anything meaningful done.

And now a video of a parable about two bulls that kinda inspired this post…

 

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