The Urgency Addiction

The two driving forces that influence how we use our time are urgency and importance. One of these however, is the central paradigm that we tend to follow.

For example, think about how often urgency influences your decisions. The phone rings. Your boss swings by the desk wanting some memo. Someone IMs you, etc.

Urgency has enough power to become an addiction if you let it. In fact, some of us get quite good at putting out all these little fires that pop up in our lives that we begin to thrive on them. Sure they put stress in our lives, but they also give us excitement, leave us with a feeling of accomplishment and success, and by golly we get good at it.

The Urgency Addiction means that you try to make everything so urgent, and you try to be so efficient, that you stop being effective.

There is a momentary sense of euphoria from getting things done, almost like a chemical dependency. But it can have terrible long-term consequences because you may be into efficiency, rather than effectiveness, and you may never provide the leadership for your life because you’re so hurried by the ‘thick of thin things.’

Urgency addiction is a self-destructive behavior that temporarily fills the void of unmet needs but we should realize that urgency itself is not the problem. The problem is that when urgency is the dominant factor in our lives, importance isn’t

Summing-up: You have a choice. You can choose to be addicted and suffer the consequences, or you can choose to be free of the chains. Whatever the situation, you always have a choice.

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