“Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.”
– Edna Ferber
Say you’ve been given a task with a deadline of 3 weeks. You know you’re going to be able to finish it with plenty of time to spare. In fact, you’re so excited about it you decide to get started on it later that day.
Isn’t that a dream scenario?
Well, add to that the fact that you’ve got 3 days to finish 2 other tasks. Whaddya do?
Obviously the answer is to finish them first. See, intellectually we know this. But isn’t it tempting to push them aside and do the fun stuff?
Yes. Yes it is.
And that’s just what I did.
I spent 24 hours over the course of 2 days on a project that was due 3 weeks later. It was fun, but I didn’t get much else done.
It skewed the balance between “Important & Urgent” and “Important and not urgent” too much. As a result I had to do 3 days worth of work in just 1 day to meet the deadlines.
I tried to take on too much and something had to give.
This wasn’t just irresponsible towards others, it was irresponsible towards me. By trying to get a head start on things I ended up hurting myself.
The lesson here is that no matter how excited you are about something, you really need to pace yourself.
On the other hand, we should also indulge ourselves in the fun things every now and then.
After a while we’ll start to see that often the pendulum swings too far one way, then to the other, and finally settles somewhere in the middle.
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!