The tortoise and the hare

I’ve been reminded that even for those of us who get off lightly, our current situation – lockdown in response to Covid-19 – is going to be a slog. A marathon is different in kind from a sprint, and an involuntary slog of indeterminate length is different in kind again. Sprints – single events, urgent work, tight deadlines, sudden crises…

Crunch time

… isn’t the push to meet a tight deadline, or what you do under pressure. Crunch time is when you have a bit of time, space and discretion about what to do, and you don’t really feel like showing up. It’s paying attention to people and processes when they’re doing well, long before they break down It’s committing a bit…

The last ten minutes…

…before you leave the house is not the time to start moving faster. Strange things happen to time in the last ten, and the minutes go twice as fast. Thrash early. Start acting with last minute urgency with twenty minutes** to go and you’ll glide out of the door gracefully, and right on time.*** *See also: Thrash Now– and this…

Anything yet: the hockey stick

Sustainable growth? I was going to call this ‘the exponential function’, but I didn’t want to put you off. This is a key force behind much of Anything Yet: if things grow steadily (say, at the rate of few percent per year) and continue to grow at that rate, it doesn’t take long for that growth to become enormous – we might say…