In a Hurry to Get Things Done

In a Hurry to Get Things Done

I haven’t posted on this blog like I want to (or like I said I would). I have found myself over-committed and rushing around just to stay a little behind.

To be honest, it is frustrating to be in this position.

Growing up, I heard a lot of Country songs. I listen to it anymore, but one song in particular (at least the chorus) is a reflection of my life. It is “I’m in a Hurry” by Alabama.

I’m in a hurry to get things done.
Oh, I rush and rush until life’s no fun.
All I have to do is live and die,
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.

I have the tendency to hurry through many things. I rarely, if ever, “stop to smell the roses.”

I thought I was making progress with this, but I’ve started to notice it come back again. I thought of a two main reasons why I am always in a hurry:

  1. I say “yes” to too many things. Even when I know I’m busy, I still find myself saying “yes” when I should say “no.” Michael Hyatt covered this very well on his blog/podcast.
  2. I don’t plan and prepare properly. When I fail to plan, I don’t really know how long something is going to take me. It ends up taking longer “than I planned,” and then I have to hurry to finish it and/or get to the next thing.

I now have to think about how I can address this so I can start to turn things around.

  1. I need to learn to say “no” to some things.
  2. I need to stop doing some things that I never should have said “yes” to. I want to have a testimony of being reliable and honest, so I’ll try to tackle this by communicating with the necessary people and helping to create an exit/transition plan.
  3. I need to focus more. I need to spend the time I do have better. Stop letting myself get distracted by every shiny object or squirrel that runs by. John Dumas has an acronym for the word FOCUS:
  4. I need to be more realistic about my time and abilities.
  5. I need to keep my overall life mission, purpose, and goals in front of me.

Do you struggle with rushing through things? Share your story below.