More time to do a task or project does not guarantee better work. Sometimes we improve the work we do by condensing the time we spend on it. It won’t be perfect, but it won’t be perfect if we spend the next 20 years on it. By condensing the time we allow ourselves, we focus and we give ourselves the possibility of learning from the reactions of others more quickly. Time, too often, is a form of hiding. Of fear.
However, sometimes the opposite is needed. Sometimes we need to give ourselves more time. Some projects, tasks, and conversations need time to percolate. It may not appear that much is happening, but there is. Time often enables our unconscious to go to work in ways we can’t force. Time is a gift we give ourselves and others. This is not about perfection because the project or task will still not be perfect. This is about creating space in a crowded world.
Change makers know the difference between the two. They condense, close and even remove projects which benefit from shortened timeframes, while elongating and creating space for deep, complex and sometimes strategic conversations.
The choice is up to us.