Developing a sense of urgency is an inner drive to get the job done and get it done as quickly as possible, according to Brian Thomas, author of Crunch Time. Successful people are more likely to utilize a sense of urgency to get into a state of flow. A state of flow is an optimum state of mind wherein an individual is able to complete high value tasks continuously at a high level of competency. This is sometimes referred to as “getting in the zone.”
According to the Business Management website, some stress is helpful for the purpose of developing a sense of urgency. A sense of urgency is distinguishable from the condition called “Time urgency” insofar as some people have an unrealistic concept of time and place unrealistic demands on self resulting in extreme continuous stress. .
Stress management is a reality in the workplace and at home. Certain occupations are inherently stressful such as firefighters, surgeons and law enforcement. Some organizations and managers may create more stress than is useful to subordinate employees. The ability to plan for completion of tasks and objectives reduces stress and increases an individual’s state of flow.
Coping with stress is the key to long-term career success. Healthy levels of stress and a sense of urgency maximizes human potential to create achievable goals by breaking down the task into bite-size portions. A sense of urgency is the catalyst that motivates people to create a zone of optimal performance.
The Marketing Fury website suggests each person should take the time to brain storm with others to determine the important steps to take in achieving goals. A sense of urgency assists people to set in motion new paths in producing results. The workplace is ever changing. Tried and true methods of past experiences may limit growth and personal productivity.
Stress and sense of urgency is not confined to the workplace. A personal stress assessment should include an evaluation of the travel time to and from work and traffic conditions. Other relevant factors include, errands and necessary stops en-route and from work
Some individuals who experience a constant sense of urgency create self-imposed stress which may lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and poor work performance. In effect, the individual creates time constraints and impossible personal demands resulting in negative stress. Medical and Occupational researchers find a correlation between time urgency and negative stress.
According to the INTEGRIS Health website, R. Murali Krishna, MD and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma and President of INTEGRIS, Mental Health Inc., “Beyond heart problems, the stress felt by people with time urgency can also cause muscle pains, headaches, high blood pressure, irritable bowels, insomnia, phobias, depression and anxiety.
Dr. Krishna provides a nine point self evaluation of the condition called time urgency. He states that counseling is highly effective. He recommends individuals at the minimum take an objective view of their life and take responsibility for making choices.
Hurry Up Syndrome
Top level performers such as pilots, air traffic controllers and emergency responders are susceptible to the “Hurry Up” stress condition. In a study conducted by the Air Line Pilot Association after the disastrous runway collision between two Boeing 747s in the Canary Islands, the “Hurry Up” syndrome was cited as a significant component of pilot error. The study found that high workload, physical or motivational states including a predisposition to hurry, a delay and social pressures are factors creating human error. The study makes strong recommendations for retraining and setting procedures to avoid pilot error caused by time urgency.
Just Say No:
According to leading occupational consultants, highly productive people are action oriented. They think, plan and set priorities. They are not afraid to say, “No”. They use a sense of urgency and stress to get in the zone and consistently produce high level work product.