The older I get, the less time I feel like I have. Between many varied work projects, writing, speaking engagements, travel, and family obligations, I often find myself dashing madly as I approach the finish line of activities. Equally as often, someone ends up finding mistakes when reviewing those projects which always makes me want to kick myself for not being as attentive as I should be to detail.
About a month ago, a friend of mine called me out on a blog post that contained a grammatical mistake and two word omissions – something he does because he knows I can do better. I appreciate his accountability more than he even knows, but it brings up a larger point: I need to slow down.
My friend even came up with a name for it: Rushing Roulette – when the extra five minutes of review makes a world of difference, but you neglect to make the time for it. Since that email exchange, I have renewed my commitment to giving my work the time and respect needed to be the best it can be. At the end of each project - before I turn it in or post it - I summon the words of Simon and Garfunkel in the “59th Street Bridge Song”: ‘Slow it down, you move too fast.’ It’s amazing how my work has been elevated because I choose to take those five extra minutes to review and refine.
If you play Rushing Roulette, you will end up undermining your own efforts. With all the competition out there, doesn’t it make sense to slow it down and put your best work out the first time?