How to be fast without going faster

It’s about time we rethink the concept of speed.

When people want to do or make more of something, what do they sometimes do? They go faster.

But going faster isn’t always a good idea.

Going faster might put extra stress and the gain is only short-term. Going faster might cause more mistakes to be made. Going faster is often counter to the enjoyment of something.

So instead of going faster, use time to do and make more of something. Let me explain.

Let’s saying you’re currently making 60 widgets in an hour. Make a small change. How about showing up earlier or not dawdle going back to work from break. You can probably free up five more minutes.

Now you’re making 65 widgets an hour instead of 60 widgets before. That’s an 8 percent increase in productivity.

You’re not going faster. You’re being smarter.

So if you add those minutes up in an eight-hour day, you would be making 40 more widgets daily.

I was involved with a racing company that built engines. Major investments would be made simply to shave of a fraction of a second. But that fraction of a second means a significant amount of distance, the difference between winning and losing.

That’s why pit stop teams take great pride in shaving off even a small fraction of a second to change a tire. They know time is speed. They understand if they use time to their advantage, they can win.

This is why the rich-rich value preparation. They use time to allow them the advantage of preparation. It allows them quicker response times when they encounter problems.

The best part about preparation is the amazing speed gained by prevention. Spending the time you don’t have to fix a problem isn’t exactly fast. But with the prevention of a major problem, you can go at a normal pace yet achieve what you want in record time and speed.