Urgency or Desperation?


Move with urgency rather than desperation.

Success in both your personal and professional life can often be attained by acting with a sense of urgency. Desperation, on the other hand, might have a detrimental impact on your performance and general well-being. Desperation can result in stress, fatigue, and bad judgement. Although there is a great distinction between urgency and desperation, desperation is a trap that is simple to slip into depending on the situation.

What is an urgent feeling?

By definition, urgency refers to a force or drive that pushes people to take action. This is moving with the aim to make things happen quickly and effectively. It also includes doing whatever needs to be done when it needs to be done. Your continued attention, motivation, and productivity will help you fulfil deadlines and accomplish your objectives. The author of the 2008 book A Sense of Urgency, John Kotter, stated that urgency is fundamentally an attitude; a way of thinking, feeling, and acting. It’s a feeling that there are many risks and chances in the world. The conviction that we must address the changing world and take immediate action is what [urgency] is. In the end, having a sense of urgency promotes decision-making with a purpose and increases productivity.

Desperation – what is it?

Desperation, though, is very different. Being mentally and emotionally worn out leads to desperation. There is a point at which all attempts to change it are futile, leading to rash choices and actions. Negative feelings, such as melancholy, frustration, exhaustion from physical exertion, lack of drive, apathy, and general disinterest, overtake a person who is in a state of desperation. In the end, a lack of control over your situation is what gives rise to desperation.

How do you tell the difference between necessity and desperation?

Although urgency and desperation can often seem very similar, there are several methods to distinguish between the two. While moving quickly is a requirement of urgency, behaving impulsively is not. Desperate actions are frequently fueled by negative, erratic emotions. Desperation halts progress by paralysing you in a state of misery, whereas urgency fosters invention by inspiring you to push towards progress.
See where I’m going with this?

How can you act urgently without acting in a desperate manner? There are several methods for keeping a sense of urgency without turning desperate:

  1. Establish Your Priorities – Setting your priorities is the first step in functioning with a sense of urgency. This entails prioritising the jobs and projects that must be finished first and determining which ones are the most crucial. You can make sure that you are using your time and energy effectively and efficiently by setting priorities. Additionally, it will assist you in avoiding becoming sidetracked from your primary objectives by less significant chores.
  2. Establish Strict Deadlines – Setting attainable deadlines is a crucial component of acting with urgency. Deadlines can help you stay motivated and focused, but they must be reasonable. It’s critical to consider the task’s intricacy, the resources at hand, and the amount of time needed to finish it. You can prevent feeling stressed out and overworked by establishing reasonable deadlines.
  3. Stay Focused – Maintaining attention while acting with urgency is essential. It’s simple to become sidetracked by other jobs and projects, but it’s crucial to maintain concentration on the most crucial tasks. This entails avoiding social media, refraining from multitasking, and designating particular periods of the day to concentrate on the most crucial duties. To aid in maintaining attention for shorter periods of work, you can also employ techniques like the Pomodoro Technique. You may stay energised and rejuvenated by taking brief breaks every hour, which will also keep you focused and productive.
  4. Keep Things In Perspective – Last but not least, it’s crucial to maintain perspective. It’s simple to become overwhelmed by the sense of urgency and overlook the wider picture. It’s crucial to keep in mind that if you miss a deadline or make a mistake, it’s not the end of the world. It’s crucial to maintain composure and avoid becoming desperate as a result of the urgency.

While operating with a sense of urgency might be helpful for success, it’s crucial to avoid sliding into the desperation trap. You may work under pressure without jeopardising your performance and well-being by prioritising your tasks, setting reasonable deadlines, remaining focused, and maintaining perspective.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Noe P. says:

    What a fantastic post on the differences between urgency and desperation! It’s so easy to slip into a state of desperation when we feel overwhelmed, and this can have a detrimental impact on our overall well-being and performance. But with the right mindset and strategies, we can cultivate a sense of urgency that helps us stay focused and motivated without succumbing to the negative emotions that come with desperation.

    I particularly appreciate your tips on setting priorities, establishing strict deadlines, staying focused, and keeping things in perspective. These are all crucial components of acting with urgency and achieving success in both our personal and professional lives.

    And congratulations on the publication of your book “Resilience”! It sounds like a wonderful resource for anyone looking to improve their mental and emotional health. I’ll definitely have to check it out. Thanks for sharing your insights and expertise with us!

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    1. GS says:

      Great note, Noe. Urgency breeds innovation, disruption and intentional immediacy. Desperation breeds pressure, neediness and lack. One will compel you forward and catalyze people and purpose, the other will paralyze you, repelling people from selfish need. Both appear to make a lot happen, one is generative, the other destructive.

      Do share your feedback about the book. It would mean a lot to me. Perhaps a review if you like it “a lot” 🫣🤍


      1. Noe P. says:

        Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. Your message was truly inspiring, and I appreciate your insight about the difference between urgency and desperation.

        I am definitely excited to read your book and provide feedback. From what you’ve said, it sounds like it will be a valuable and thought-provoking read. I’m curious, what inspired you to write this book and what message do you hope readers take away from it?

        I’m looking forward to diving in and exploring the ideas you’ve presented. And of course, if I enjoy the book as much as I anticipate, I’ll be happy to leave a glowing review to help spread the word. Thank you again for reaching out and sharing your work with me! 🌟📚

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      2. GS says:

        You are kind. Resilience is a topic I have been pondering upon for a long time now. In my day job, I am a physician and an entrepreneur in health tech place. Resilience is important for female leaders for several reasons. First, women in leadership positions often face unique challenges and stressors that can test their resolve. Second, resilient leaders are better able to weather setbacks and setbacks and maintain their composure in difficult situations. Finally, resilient leaders are often seen as more competent and trustworthy, two important qualities for any leader.

        Demonstrating resilience in the face of adversity can help female leaders build trust and credibility with those they lead. In addition, resilience is an important quality for any leader because it demonstrates that they are capable of overcoming challenges and maintaining a positive outlook, even in difficult times. For these reasons, resilience is an essential quality for female leaders and hence the book.


      3. Noe P. says:

        I completely agree with you on the importance of resilience for female leaders. It’s amazing how resilient leaders can weather setbacks and maintain composure, building trust and credibility with those they lead. Your book will undoubtedly inspire many to develop this crucial quality.

        Liked by 1 person

      4. GS says:

        Thank you for your kind words. Let me know what you think of the book.


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