The Latin phrase “festina lente” means to make haste slowly. “But that’s an oxymoron!” you cry. Yes, it is. Sort of.

The true meaning of this phrase is that you need to find a balance between rushing and taking too long. The spirit of festina lente is to do urgent things thoroughly. Don’t rush, but don’t dawdle. Redoing a task because you did it hurriedly the first time is folly; purely wasted time.

Get it right the first time, taking as much time as is necessary—but no more. This is the spirit I’ll be taking into 2021 with me.

As a bonus, the symbol for festina lente is a cool anchor with a dolphin wrapped around it.