A common piece of golf advice is to slow down your swing in order to hit the ball farther. The conventional wisdom is that if you slow down your swing, you’re more likely to make solid contact with the ball, resulting in a better drive.
I value speedy turnaround of work, but not to the point that quality and accuracy suffer. I’ve seen employees who are so focused on completing work quickly that the quality suffers, which is the office version of not making solid contact with the ball. If a colleague completes a task with blinding speed, but it’s riddled with errors, then he hasn’t actually completed it. All that initial speed is lost when we have to ask that person to go back and correct the errors we’ve caught. In other words, the net effect of working too fast can be a slow delivery.
You want to find that sweet spot where you’re working at the maximum pace at which you can produce accurate work. And part of that is taking the time to carefully and thoroughly review your work before you submit it. Leaving it to others to find your mistakes puts an unnecessary and unfair burden on them. Don’t turn your colleagues into copy editors and troubleshooters.
If you want to work faster, try slowing down.