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Urgency means

importance requiring swift action.



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Driving An Internal Urgency

Driving An Internal Urgency

To mobilize the team into action, you’ll need to communicate deliberately and clearly the task at hand.

That starts with demonstrating that you care about the task and committing fully when it’s truly urgent.

Some key points,

  1. set accountable deadlines
  2. Cultivate a ...


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Understanding Unnecessary Urgency

Understanding Unnecessary Urgency

There are two types of unnecessary urgency

  1. Fake urgency - self inflicted or external influencer
  2. Avoidable urgency - something could’ve been avoided and wasn’t - created based on procastination or by poor time management

Both can kill a planned workday. Save urgenc...


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Cultivate Proactive Mindset

Cultivate Proactive Mindset

  • Always act in ways that maximize benefit – and minimize harm
  • Create a Plan of action
  • Working in a way that makes team members lives easier
  • Measure twice and cut once - strive to do things right the first time
  • Prioritize by importance
  • Minimize procas...


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Urgency Can Be Adjusted

Urgency Can Be Adjusted

Manage urgency by balancing the following, tune each dials based on the situations

  1. Time
  2. Scope
  3. Quality
  4. Bring in more resources
  5. Use budget to outsource things
  6. Risk - reduce risk by cutting


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Staying In Proactive Zone

Staying In Proactive Zone

Implement a proactive system to manage your work effectively and boost productivity. when requesting work, state the deadline, and make sure your team does the same. Stay organized and manage activity by time


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Respond Or

For external urgency, try to be responsive and not reactive.

When there is urgency,

  1. Pause your work
  2. Acknowledge the task
  3. Evaluate
  4. Prioritize & decide on course of action

Ask why the issue’s urgent – or whether it’s really urgent at all. If...


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Urgency As A Tool For Team's Productivity

Urgency As A Tool For Team's Productivity

Right amount of urgency is needed in order to get things done quickly or to drive progress. But too much urgency can lead to destruction of team's morale and productivity and Too little can induce lethargy or stagnation.


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#designer #designthinking

In today’s fast-paced workplace, many things are made out to be urgent – when they’re really not. The key to working in a sustainable, successful way is to recognize and reduce unproductive urgency while seeking out opportunities to maximize productive urgency.


Oliver Emberton
"The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importance and suppress urgency."


Prioritize deadlines

 ... based on importance, not time. 

Prioritize your projects based on importance first, and your employees will use Parkinson’s Law and urgency bias to their best advantage. 

If a project has low importance, set it a bit farther out.

The Urgency Instinct

The Urgency Instinct

The urgency instinct describes our tendency to take immediate action in the face of perceived imminent danger, and in doing so, amplifying our other instincts.

To control the urgency instinct, take small steps.

  • Take a breath. When your urgency...

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