October 21, 2017

When you’ve got going, should you keep going?

Balancing a baseball batOne thing writing teaches you is, when you get going, keep going. When you’ve overcome your own inertia, keep that boulder moving. Lots of other things are like that too.

But what about planning and prioritising? Don’t we need to stop and assess our direction or switch to another, now more pressing task? Well, maybe. On the whole, I think we’re better to stay productive until we’ve covered some ground and really have run out of steam on that particular task.

Yes, we need to guard against applying lots of effort to the wrong objective.

But the thing is…

Provided we made a reasonably sensible selection of our tasks in the first place, we do need to do them all in the end anyway.

We’re inclined to think that a low urgency, low importance task can always be put to the bottom of the list, over and over again. Not so. It’ll have to be done in the end.

So prioritising might be over-rated.

Having effective flow might be more important. Prioritising isn’t that helpful if you have to get everything done anyway.