I have been struggling to grasp the concept from you time management podcasts about how you get things done in the amount of time you decide to get things done. Intellectually I understand that if I give myself 5 hours to put my make up on, I will take 5 hours. But if I give myself 5 minutes, i will get it done in 5 minutes
But aren’t there times when something is genuinely impossible to get done in a certain amount of time?
At my office we have a culture of wanting things done faster. But often for the sake of faster just for the sake wanting it faster. My unconscious pattern used to be if my boss asked me to get something done by this time, I’d find a way to get it done and commit to getting it done even if in that moment I wasn’t sure how that would exactly happen. However sometimes I’d do that at the expense of my well being and at the expense of quality control, going forward even though we don’t really know what we are doing .. or at the expense of other team mates. Rushing them, nagging them, pressuring them etc….
I’m learning so much from here about being intentional and thinking about why I’m doing things. So sometimes I do want to say. To my boss that this can’t be done in that amount of time if you want me to do a good job and not rush and force things. But then there’s this voice inside me that says… well you could get it done in that amount of time if you change your thoughts… so change your thoughts and get it done. But even when I really genuinely believe I can get It done and stay focused, I don’t accomplish what I set out to do.
So I think because I don’t know where to draw the line, I’ve been inconsistent with my results and commitments
Could you speak a bit on how to draw the line between constraining my time and being more efficient vs having unrealistic expectations?