Overkill is Underrated


Most of the time when hunting Dragons, the best bet is to make steady progress.  Make sure you take a series of next steps, and before you know it, the Dragon head is up on your wall.

But, what do you do when there’s a massive obstacle in your way. A giant boulder that will take too long to remove in small pieces.  When that happens, it’s time to pull out the dynamite. And not just one stick. Make sure to use so much that once you’ve pushed that detonator, all that’s left of the obstacle, is “brown mist”.

Why use overkill?

If you have a task that is going to require concentrated effort for a short period, then overkill is indicated. If there is something you know has to get done, but is unpleasant, it’s time to reach for the dynamite. If you’ve stalled over something you’ve been avoiding for weeks, then screw dynamite, it’s time to go Nuclear.

The key to successful overkill is not in the execution.  The key, lies in the planning.  If you just pile your dynamite willy nilly around the boulder, you stand a good chance of blowing it straight up into the air “a la” Wile E. Coyote and still being under it when it lands.  More dynamite isn’t the solution. Placing it correctly is.

Before you execute “operation overkill” make sure of the following:

  • Understand exactly what you want to achieve.  Be very specific.  The better defined this is, the smaller the opportunity for sidetracking becomes and the easier it is to spot.
  • Have everything you need ready.  Nothing will derail you faster than finding out you’ve marked twenty explosive points, but only brought ten sticks of dynamite
  • Make sure you have a clear list of action steps, preferably written down in the order they need to be done.  This will serve as a both a checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything, and a map to make sure you stay on track.
  • Finally, time. You have to make sure you have a big enough block of uninterrupted time to go start to finish on the job.  When you start with overkill events, your time estimate is not going to be great, but you still need to have a guess and work from there.  If you’re unsure, double the time you think it will take.  If you’re really at a loss, double it again.  Rather allow too much time than too little.

Once everything is in place, it’s time to flip the switch and watch the little pieces of rock catch the light as the drift lazily down onto the now clear path.  

But your journey’s not over. Once you’re done admiring your handiwork, it’s time to take The Next Step!

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