Recovery Stage 8: The “Urgency Addiction” Edition

According to Stephen Covey’s book, First Things First, I’m “addicted” to urgency. This is clearly a bad thing. I put “addicted” in quotes, because – despite the fact that he seems quite serious about the designation – I don’t actually “seek out” urgent situations.

As a cigarette smoker, if I run out of cigarettes I will go out and get some ASAP. If it means I have to borrow money to do so, I will. If I can’t, I go a little bit crazy. If the period I cannot smoke is extended, I go more than a little bit crazy. I am addicted to cigarettes.

I frequently find myself in urgent situations and I admit that I get off on it sometimes, but I do not seek out (other than choosing freelancing as a career) urgent situations. If I run out of urgent things to do, I breathe a sigh of relief and go take a nap.

There’s quite a bit of difference between the two, so I don’t consider myself addicted to urgency. I’m drawn to it, I’m prone to it, I’m unbalanced enough to find myself smack dab in the middle of it, but I don’t seek it out, I don’t want to live like this, and I’m doing my damnedest to change.

Recognizing that urgency does not improve quality is a major factor for me. Now, when I’m getting closer to a deadline, I seek ways to plan my work/energy ratios to ensure I can get the work done without relying on a rush of last-minute urgency to see me through. The quality of my work shows a difference, too.

About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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2 Responses to Recovery Stage 8: The “Urgency Addiction” Edition

  1. acflory says:

    Don’t mean to be mean but…you can become addicted to adrenaline. 😉

    • Yes, I know you can, but the thought of adrenaline doesn’t really appeal to me. I don’t *like* getting stuck in urgent situations. I try to avoid it. I’m just really, really good at biting off more than I can chew. 😉

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