Youâ€™ve got 24 hours to finish a project for school before the holiday break. Youâ€™d like to have some supplies to increase its quality. You can take a cab (fast but expensive) or the bus (slow but cheap), but all you have to make it through the holidays is $20 and you really want to hold on to every dollarâ€.
Here are your options:
- â€œScrew it. Iâ€™ll make due with what I can get a hold of.â€ This saves you time and money, at the expense of quality.
- â€œIâ€™ll take the bus into town.â€ This saves you quality and most of the money with, at the expense of time.
- â€œIâ€™ll take a cab.â€ This saves you quality and time, at the expense of money.
Most of the time I tend to opt for option number 3. Iâ€™d much rather save time and sacrifice money and quality.
You can always make more money and you can always make something of higher quality.
What you canâ€™t do is make more time.
That being said, thereâ€™s a certain threshold of quality that I wouldnâ€™t go below. Thatâ€™s basically my â€œgood enoughâ€ level.
For example, if I only had 2 minutes to answer this question I wouldnâ€™t bother because Iâ€™d feel I canâ€™t give the kind of answer I feel would be useful. Thus Iâ€™d spend those 2 minutes on something else where the time is put to better use.
Now, if I had 5 minutes then Iâ€™d consider it. I feel comfortable in my ability to type out a â€œgood enoughâ€ answer in that time, I just wouldnâ€™t edit it.
However, I wouldnâ€™t spend 2 hours writing and polishing my answer because after about 10â€“15 minutes Iâ€™d probably have covered most of what needs to be said, edited out most of the â€œfluffâ€, and would hit a point of diminishing returns.
Speaking of which, I think Iâ€™ve taken up quite enough of your time and mine.
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