12 Nov The ‘Just Get It Done’ Mentality Is Full Of Hidden Positive Impacts
My best friend has been saying ‘whatever, let’s just get it done’ or ‘what’s important is to get it done’ ever since we did something together for the first time in, like, 2015. Before I even processed the ongoing runner that she has, I noticed everyone else are also saying the same term, or at least the same messages. Of course, I naturally adapted the ‘just get it done’ mentality as things goes.
All this time, I deemed that mentality as lazy or bad, but I kept using it as my drive when I do productive activities that are attached to the ‘work’ label. Maybe a lot other people also deem this mentality bad, but people keep doing it (including me). So I thought it must have bring something positive to the table that keeps people coming back for more, right?
Surely we can always blame the laziness part of human behavior and personality and whatnot. Maybe we just want to get what needs to be done quickly so we wouldn’t hassle too many time in this activity, well that’s not exactly lazy, could say that it’s time efficient. Maybe we have other things that we prioritize more than these activities we’re currently doing. Maybe we just don’t enjoy the thing that we’re currently doing and prefer it to be done quickly. Sounds lazy, but those ‘internal thoughts and desires’ kept us humans going, right?
What’s interesting is how this mentality is perceived and spoken of. Yes, most people are adapting this mentality, but most of them speaks of it in a self-deprecating manner that almost sounds apathetic or desperate (or both). It became funny because it fits perfectly to the characteristics of a self-deprecating joke, where we make fun of some bad habits or deeds we have. That shows the stigma that sticks with this mentality, how it’s being explained and delivered to the ears of the world.
The bad tone that is usually present whenever the ‘just get it done’ mentality is described also shows the presence or blowback of a certain figure that made us think of this mentality badly, as if it was lazy or non-progressive. It’s a suggestion that deems the mindset as a relatively bad mindset on the first time we tried to walk with that mentality as a drive or the first time we adapted it for ourselves.
It could be the dream chaser inside us that wants everything to be ideal, it could be certain mentor figure like teacher, parent, or friend. The connection that the stigma has with these suggestive voices also shows one of the goods that this mentality brings. ‘Just get it done’ mentality being perceived as bad shows how powerful it can defy expectations.
How does it defy any expectation? My other best friend often gets annoyed of how high my expectations are whenever we watch a new movie, I think he’s annoyed because he was like that too once. Whenever we set our expectations low, the movies (almost) always end up being much better than we expected or reached a spot on my favorite movie list. Other activities also work like that, not just movies.
When we, or other people, deems the ‘just get it done’ mentality as bad, the expectations are set to be low. After we’ve done the work, the results can speak for itself and the potential for the result to be decent is high because of one guarantee, the work’s already done! It shows how the mentality could defy the negative perception attached to it, even used the negative perception to boost satisfaction when the work is done.
Our low expectations also helped in making things done, without having any big drive or pressure to make the work something ‘perfect’. That’s what often slow us down, or even stop us from getting things done (especially productive work-related activities), the pressure thought of wanting to make sure that the work came out perfect or at least ‘great’. This boosts our expectations on our work while also pressure us, which often results in us procrastinating or feeling frustrated over our work rhythms.
Tim Herrera wrote in The New York Times that “By agonizing over tiny improvements in our work — if they even are improvements — we prevent ourselves from achieving the actual goal of, you know, doing the work.”
So if you’re procrastinating it could be caused by your perfectionist and ideal way of thinking, not because you’re simply lazy. If you’re using the ‘whatever, just get it done however I can’ mentality, It doesn’t mean you’re not passionate about your activity. Getting things done is necessary, it doesn’t have to be perfect. When we want something to be perfect, usually it pulls us away from actually reaching that thing. So ‘getting things done’ is not all bad.