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Necessary marination

Most people procrastinate. I’m the reverse. I have a tendency to want to get things done quickly.

However, while excessive procrastination isn’t a good habit, neither is excessively rapid action (unless you’re being chased by a lion).

The reason is that as humans, our minds have a single processor. We can only think of one thing at a time. And the thing that we’re thinking about at that moment in time lets us evaluate just a single fact or perspective. In order to access other facts or perspectives, we need to give our mind the time to work through the first one before moving onto the second and if necessary additional ones. And this takes time.

That’s why it’s useful to let your thoughts marinate in your mind before taking action. Your intuition will tell you when you’ve crossed the line from necessary marination to lazy procrastination.