Don’t create a sense of urgency, foster a sense of purpose.
Kimber Lockhart

Over the last three months, I have been doing meditation. It was just for fun at first, something like a dare with myself to see if I could keep my mind off the “thing” — I’m building an app in education — for more than half an hour straight. After a month of closing the eyes and sitting in the lotus position (literally) next to my laptop, I was sold to the practice.

The reason: I realized, felt, discovered what you said.

We tend to think that having a sense of urgency brings us extra powers, that we can squeeze more juice out of our brain because we strain it more, that urgency is the caffeine to get things done.

We end up with plenty of side projects. In a organized world, they should simply be put in the backlog. The urgency that we crave for takes away some of the lucidity to do so.

On the other hand, meditation is less about clearing the mind than to focus on one thing. Just one thing, which could be tricky to achieve as your mind keeps coming back with ideas and random thoughts. What to put in unfinished emails, how about contacting that old friend, maybe meditation isn’t for me, let’s try this app, it looks so cool.

After a while, a sense of focus started to grow in ourselves. And it’s refreshing because it came with the feeling that we can achieve more of what we set ourselves to do if we keep that focus on. It doesn’t mean we will say no to a bunch of stuff. The mind just learns to filter signals out of noise faster.

Getting a team focus is rather easier when at least one member is.

Of course, this is just one personal way to come to the bottom line of your post. Thank you for expressing it so clearly.