I could have used independence or freedom, but आज़ादी rhymes better with Unhurry, no?
On this Independence Day, I recalled my conversation with a colleague when I first introduced the “Unhurry” platform to him along with my “reverse-ageing” series. His immediate question was, “Does unhurry make sense in today’s corporate world, where staying ahead is the goal, and speed is the only way?”
True that. When your work days are full of Excel sheets, PowerPoints, Teams meetings, Project reports, KRAs and KPIs, and twenty-four hours don’t seem enough, any slowdown would naturally mean missed targets and sidelined careers. Speed reading, multitasking, longer work hours, shorter sleep time, fewer holidays become the norm. Most people feel guilty if any time is spent on entertainment or relaxation when there are many incomplete tasks on the “To Do“ list.
I reasoned with my colleague that one can accomplish more by doing fewer things but the right ones.
I invoked Peter Drucker’s famous proclamation on “doing things right versus doing the right things” to buttress my argument.
In order to determine those right things, you need time to reflect, and an unhurried thinking helps you. आज़ादी to proactively decide on what you want to work on, instead of getting sucked by one task after another endlessly.
Let me share with you two tools that worked for me in this संघर्ष for आजादी.
From very young age, I had developed the habit of distributing my “To Do“ list along the well-known 2×2 matrix of important vs urgent tasks. Ideal situation is when most tasks are in the quadrant “very important but not urgent”. You have plenty of time to access and process data, generate multiple options, organise work etc. The effort is to ensure that the quadrant with “very urgent & very important” tasks doesn’t become bulky – that’s when the quality of outcome suffers.
To ensure that the tasks don’t end up in that wrong quadrant, it is equally important to draw up a “Not to Do“ list as well. After doing this in my own way for long, two years ago, I ran in to Rory Vaden’s framework on elimination, automation, delegation and procrastination to determine what your concentration should be on. I recommend that book to you. Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.
Best wishes to you all on आजादी का अमृत महोत्सव 🧡🤍💚
A senior business leader at ITC Ltd. He could hide behind lack of time but has healed himself, lost 35 kg and walks the talk on making time for yourself to get healthy.
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