Do you live the fast life or the good life?
I remember when I got my first BlackBerry smart phone. I was told that I could not only make phone calls and text, but I could also get emails directly to my phone. It seems a bit silly today, but being able to email a prospect and client from the road, on vacation, or even the golf course was a big deal.
In that moment, I became instantly connected with everyone. At first, it seemed like a great idea. I told myself that I would email my clients back in minutes, not hours. And that’s just what I did. I felt like a hero. I was answering questions and fulfilling requests from anywhere at anytime.
However, what I realized over a period of time was that fast did not always mean good. I was so worried about returning emails in record time, I would often miss a request or not give my reply much thought. I was trading good work for fast work. I was also burning myself out and not being present in my current situation.
It also can lead to frustration and resentment.
Over time, I have come to realize that fast does not always mean good. Yes, quick service is important, but if the quality of work is poor and eventually leads to frustration for you and the person you are serving, you need to analyze if there are better ways.
Today, I try to only check my email a couple of times per day for a couple of reasons. 1) I want to give the person who sent me the email my full attention and offer the most value possible and 2) I don’t want every message to become a distraction to my current task at hand or the person I am with.
Where are there some opportunities in your life to trade a fast life for a better life?