Do you have a sense of urgency?

Urgency seems to permeate every aspect of today’s speed-driven society. Coping with constant rush has become the norm. And yet, a general malaise in the professional world indicates the conflict between human and mechanized tempos, as the pressures of wealth creation create ever more profound disconnects between natural human rhythms and working hours. This uncomfortable reality has everyone grabbing at all types of energy-boosters. Many of us have lost the ability to identify priorities, becoming victims of the overriding belief that every situation is of the utmost urgency! In confronting such energy-sapping turbulence, the real challenge is to learn to manage your personal time and energy as well as other people’s concepts of time. Organizing your schedule involves taking other people’s needs into account and respecting coexisting notions of time associated with various people and/or circumstances. This is the sole means to avoid being overwhelmed and thrown off-balance by a constant sense of urgency.

1. A sense of urgency indicates a lust for life

  • True
  • False

2. Taking your time before taking action is a waste of time

  • True
  • False

3. Urgency demands instant reactivity

  • True
  • False

4. Urgency can easily lead to a state of crisis

  • True
  • False

5. Urgency and curiosity are incompatible

  • True
  • False

6. You should stop to go faster

  • True
  • False

7. Urgency is a legitimate reason to say no

  • True
  • False

8. Urgency is the leading source of stress in the workplace

  • True
  • False