To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time. (Leonard Bernstein, late noted composer and conductor)

Bernstein’s first criterion is well accepted, no doubt. To accomplish anything of worth, you surely need to have a plan. Rarely do great achievements occur spontaneously. His second idea, however, may seem strange. Perhaps the writer is suggesting that we achieve more when we’re pressed for time, when the deadline demands concentrated effort.

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification (Romans 14:19). Redeeming the time … (Ephesians 5:16).