The only way to hurry is to take your time

The only way to hurry is to take your time
– Beverly Crusher (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

I like watching ST:TNG for quotes like this — insightful, and actually very applicable.
Just a few weeks ago I benefited again from it.

A lot of my work was backlogged because I was down for the whole week (got throat infection, took antibiotics but kept working hard. Then even after 30 amoxicillin pills it’s still pretty bad).
So naturally, when I was able to start working again, I immediately went into overdrive.

For 3 days, I produced almost nothing.

On the fourth day, I began to realize this. While I was pondering on the possible cause, I remembered that quote above, and it dawned on me that I have (again) pushed myself beyond my limits.
Immediately I stopped over stressing myself. At the end of the day, I got immediate results, with a few more ready to be harvested by the next week.
Thank you Mrs. Crusher.

I think she said this when she was about to do a surgery on a dying patient. Needless to say, it needs to be done as soon as possible. But, she knew that it’ll only more likely to cause his death, and said that.
On jobs that require intense focus and thinking, the last thing you need is to be hurried and rushed. I’ve experienced it myself for many times now that when I’m calm, I’m able to get tremendous amount of work done in an amazingly short time.

btw; anyone knows which episode is it ? I watched it years ago, and can’t remember which.

18 thoughts on “The only way to hurry is to take your time

  1. The only way i save my time (on computer) is to prepare todo list in advance and try to finish it everyweek. I had similar situations like you have but after reading a book called “getting things done” i changed my way to work. It helps.

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