Patience should be your best job skill. If you’re ever asked, “Why should we hire you?”, crack back with “I’m patient.”
Every great leader is patient. They take the time to digest all available information before making a decision. Even in a pressure situation.
Now that doesn’t mean do nothing. When you’re brainstorming, creating a copy outline, or whatever, patience is the difference between vanilla ideas and big, change-the-world ideas. In fact, you need to be “active” in your thinking and not quick to stamp an idea as the right solution. The right solution might require frankensteining a few ideas—It’s alive! But you won’t know that until you’re patient enough to continue thinking/sorting/plugging reams of ideas.
Ok, I already hear everyone whining about deadlines, etc. Stop it. Focus on the creative problem not your deadline problem. Let me illustrate my point. A hockey player doesn’t waste time worrying about the third period before the first puck is dropped. Why? Because you can’t do anything about the third period until it arrives. So you can’t do anything about your deadline. All you can do it bust your ass right up until the final siren.
Oh, and you multitaskers. Stop it. Give 100% of your attention to one thing. Then move on to the next. Not only will you get more done, but the quality will be better.
How do you like them apples?