Where is the fire?
We want to rush because progress feels good. If our default is “active” then we, in effect, are covering our ass. If you see, I cranked out 30 emails today; it’s pretty obvious that I’ve been working on something great, right?
The good work takes time. This means deliberately choosing to look “unbusy.” That is a hard choice because social standards scream for progress. No one we know gets fired because they sent too many slack messages. So we default to active.
As a result, we’ve implicitly chosen to do mediocre work.
The great work happens when you give it the space to grow. Decide to, even when the optics tell you not.