A sense of urgency is something I didn’t think of as a skill or even anything worth highlighting as fundamental to growing a booming business until very recently.
My whole family has a great sense of urgency: mum, dad and my two little sisters. This blog was inspired during a moment of annoyance when, on one day, my dad and my little sister wanted things done for them and their emails all came through with a “do it now, please” kind of tone – being pregnant had a lot to do with my irritability.
Anyhow, I paused and thought that this is why these guys, like me, get a lot more done in a day than the average person.
What Is A Sense Of Urgency?
A sense of urgency is that in-built impulse you get when something needs to be done and you feel it needs to be done now. This impulse makes you get up and take the action necessary to see the thing through to completion.
Not everything is urgent but two people will see the same task as having different urgencies. So, for example, I tend to hire graphic designers based in Asia and Eastern Europe even if they cost exactly the same as a designer in the west because they their sense of urgency matches my own.
If I order graphic design work on a Friday evening a contractor in Asia / Eastern Europe will generally start right away. I’ll see a draft or completed job before the weekend is over. A designer in the West will generally only start the work on Monday because they feel entitled to a weekend. Say what?
Me, I feel obliged to satisfy my fans and clients. I take time off to rest but if something needs to be done on a Saturday or Sunday those days are not excluded – I can and I will work on these days. Importantly, I generally enjoy the work regardless.
Now, if you want to start and run your own business you’re likely going to either be running the show on your own in the initial days or have to drive and excite your small team into action.
If you take constant action: wake up early, sleep late, produce content and are basically actively trying to get something completed it will eventually come together.
If you allow yourself too much rest and struggle to complete tasks or even to struggle start doing them, you’re not going anywhere fast. A sense of urgency is a must to enjoy business and life success.
Some people naturally have a greater sense of urgency than others. If you feel you’re lacking in get up and go, here are a few tips:
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I hope this helps you make your dreams come true. If you have any “sense of urgency stories”, please share them.
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7/1/2015 05:08:09 pm
I'm not sure if this is part of your website Ms Katsonga but i quite enjoyed this article. And was wondering how if it's possible to "follow" This Specific page (the money spot).
3/4/2015 02:02:27 pm
Hey Mbali, yes, this is my website too. I used to be an investment banker so whilst I love my hair stuff, finance is one of my biggest passions - especially learning other people's financial goals and objectives.
8/1/2015 01:01:33 pm
Thank you for the article. I didn't really notice how having "a sense of urgency" makes things happen!! I shall add this to my 2015 to-do objectives.
3/4/2015 02:03:00 pm
It really does!
1/12/2020 10:17:07 am
Hi thanks for posting thiss
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