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Importance of Why

He who has a why, can endure any how

When it comes to task management, a fundamental principle stands tall: explain the reason before the details of what and how.

By letting others know the why behind a task, it facilitates faster completion.

Recently, I had a pressing deadline for an urgent activity that needed immediate attention. I had to convince my designer teammate to create a quick mockup in less than a day, even though he had other high-priority tasks on his plate. It was a P3 task in a sea of P0s.

To make it work, I simply shared the reason behind the task before diving into the specifics. It motivated my teammate to prioritize the assignment without any micromanagement.

In the end, it all boils down to focusing on the reason, and the tasks will naturally follow suit.

As Nietzsche once said: He who has a why can endure any how.