My friend Chris Brogan has written a blog post that everyone needs to read. It’s about the craziness of the rampant belief that we need to be available 24/7 to be successful; that emails have to be answered immediately; and that everything we do is so damn important is has to be done now, now, now.
Describing our addiction to urgency, Chris writes, and I couldn’t have said it better:
“This Has to Stop
None of us are performing surgery (unless you are). You’re not calling me for the antidote to a poison. We MUST police ourselves about our sense of urgency. …
How I Am Going to React
I’m saying no. I’m going to say no to a BOATLOAD of things I’ve originally said yes to, simply because I’m very frustrated. I can appreciate your need to get things done. I can appreciate your wanting to include me. But I can’t be held to a 24-hour clock. “
All this urgency precludes doing our best thinking – which means we don’t do our best work. Or have balance in our lives.
You do have a life, don’t you? :>)