The Need for Speed

Speed is not about time.

It almost never takes “three days” to do something. When you order a custom piece of furniture from someone, and they tell you that it will take four weeks, that doesn’t mean it takes four weeks to make your furniture. It means that there are other things in front, and that your furniture will take X action steps, which will occur over a certain number of weeks. It does not mean that someone will be building your table 24/7 for the next month.

Keep that in mind for yourself. Things happen in action steps, not hours or days. Those action steps can happen on many different cadences. Remember that when you think something is taking too long, or if you feel too pressured, or anything like that. These things are adjustable.

“It’s taking forever to finish this jigsaw puzzle,” someone says, before putting one piece into place and then watching a show for the next hour.

“I don’t want to spend all day on this!” Then don’t – spend 30 minutes a day for two weeks.

Some things are more resilient to moving around their action steps than others, of course. And some things really do take time – it takes nine months to make a baby, pretty much no matter what else you do. But it’s far from universal – most things take exactly as long as you want them to.

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