So claims Seth Godin in his daily blog post today.
The key is in Seth’s next sentence.
“Those errors are dwarfed by the impact they create.”
We’ve all heard the phrase, “if you want something done, give it to a busy person.”
And Seth offers a reason why that is: “a busy person has a bias for action, the ability to ship, and a willingness to contribute more than is required.”
In other words, busy people get stuff done.
I remember back in college that I was much more productive during swim season. The hours of practice each day forced me to learn time management skills and the value of getting into a routine. That routine enabled me to use my time much more efficiently and effectively. Once swim season was over, I wasn’t as busy, but I also wasn’t as productive. There were large blocks of time that were wasted since I thought I had all of this extra time available. Not being busy, not having that routine, I wasn’t getting things done.
Fast forward 40 years, and I think about my blogging habit. It started as a simple 30-day challenge, and five years later it has morphed into a daily habit. I spend at least a couple of hours a day on blogging related tasks, between reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts, and creating my own. I don’t know where those two hours came from out of my daily schedule, but my guess is that much like the off-season during college, there was probably a significant amount of non-productive time in my daily schedule that could be put to better use.
One other line in Seth’s post seems relevant to my daily blogging as well.
He notes that “if you get up to bat more often, you’re going to have more hits and more strikeouts, right?” So yes, the busy person is going to be wrong a lot more than other people.
And that’s why I blog daily; yes, many of the posts might be “strikeouts”, but I’m counting on the law of averages to increase the odds that at least some of them will be a hit, that they will have an impact.
That impact might be putting a smile on someone’s face, inspiring someone to pursue their dream or passion, or simply informing someone.
So if you’re busy, and you’re making mistakes, then you’re probably doing the right thing.