Urgency Addicts: Get Free

Urgency addiction kills efficiency. It disrupts workflow. It breaks concentration.

Urgency addiction looks like this:

Checking e-mail every five minutes

Answering the phone whenever it rings

Tolerating endless interruptions from coworkers, friends, and clients.

Enjoying the “high” you get by putting out fires and solving crises.

All this may feel good-it may make you feel important temporarily-but in the end it undercuts your mission.

If you are constantly living in a state of urgency, something is wrong with either (A.) your perception of reality or (B.) your planning process.

In either case, this is a problem worth fixing.

Divide and Conquer

Instead of trying to duplicate every product feature of your competitor, why not focus on one feature? Why not do that one thing, and do it exceedingly well?

This is the new version of “divide and conquer”.

While your competitor is busy trying to be a Swiss Army knife, you simply decide to be a razor blade.

5 Year Plans Don’t Work

They are fantasy.

So are 1 year plans.

Go ahead – show me a 5 year or 1 year plan that worked as planned.

I'll wait….

Right. Don't waste time with 5 year plans.

Email: As Addictive As Crack?

If you check your email more than 3 times per day, one of the following is true:

1. Your job is to answer email. Skip the rest of this post.

2. You are addicted to checking your email, and you let other people derail your priorities every day.

3. You WORK for someone who is addicted to checking email, this addict requires you to share their disfuntion… and you let other people derail your priorities every day.

Just saying.

Meetings Equal Mediocrity

Meetings are temporary committees.

Nothing great gets done by committees.

Typically meetings are the exact opposite of actual work. They are a way of avoiding work, a way for egos to inflate, and a great way to waste time.

If you must have a meeting… and I mean if you really MUST… here are three tips to minimize the damage:

1. Keep it to 15 minutes or less. Use a timer! Be ruthless.

2. No speeches. Consider a 2-minute rule: no speaking for more than 2 minutes by any one person.

3. Stand up. No sitting. And no snacks, no drinks, and no handouts (if you can put it on a handout or in an email… why are you wasting my time with a meeting?).

This all applies to phone meetings too.