In my book patience is not a virtue and good things don’t come to those who wait. You can quote me.
Keeping next steps lined up for my projects and areas of responsibility helps ensure everything is moving forward (thank you David Allen and GTD). I may not always be able to control the timing but I can sure as heck guard against stalled projects.
Try this out for yourself. Take a look at your to do list. How many items on your list are doable action items? Most to do lists are actually made up of projects. You can’t do a project you can only do a next step.
So here’s to impatience and improved speed of execution.