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Fundamental #6 – Work with a sense of urgency to get things done

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Work with a sense of urgency to get things done. Make the most of each day by approaching every task with energy, focus, purpose, and enthusiasm. Don’t put off till tomorrow what can be accomplished today.

If you get your truck stuck in the mud and keep spinning your wheels, chances are, you will get no results other than digging yourself further into a rut. The same thing can happen in our day to day activities. Many times, we misinterpret hectic and frenzied activity as working with a sense urgency. As the fundamental describes, a real sense of urgency is energetic, focused, purposeful and enthusiastic. While we may be energetic and even enthusiastic about whatever task we are trying to accomplish, if we lose sight of the focus and purpose, we risk losing any positive tangible results. Instead of getting things done, we get pieces of things done, or worse yet, nothing done. Don’t let yourself get stuck in the mud.

How can this lead to procrastination? If you lose focus and purpose, your unfinished or partially finished tasks can pile up. As that pile grows, human nature is to think to ourselves that it is going to take too long or be too difficult to complete. So, we keep putting it off to work on low hanging fruit that we either like working or may not seem as daunting, but it also may not be as important to our success. Let’s go all the way back to last week’s fundamental . . . in the end, it is our internal customers that suffer due to our procrastination. If we work with a sense of urgency to get things done in the manner that this fundamental encompasses, those piles don’t become something you dread working on. Procrastination also leads to stress when we are just waiting on someone to ask us if we have done such and such task. Don’t stress yourself out because of something that is completely in your control.

“A sense of urgency is that feeling that lets you know yesterday is gone forever, tomorrow never comes and TODAY is in your hands. It lets you know that shirking today’s tasks will add to wasted yesterdays and postponing today’s work will add to tomorrow’s burden.” – Charlie “Tremendous” Jones (I chose this quote partially because of his awesome name!)

– Matthew Whalen