Good article and point Rob.
I'm guilty of rushing through projects. Finish work is my true downfall. I've gotten much better and want to learn more about it, but it's historically been a "rush job" for me.
One culprit to rushing, at least for me, isn't always the hurry to just be done with the project or to please the recipient. It's the fact I've always had a lack of shop space that usually doubled as my wife's parking space or some other inconvenient location that typically puts a time constraint on what can be a long process. Sometimes these locations aren't always ideal for doing finishes, like a dusty shop that one doesn't want to take time to clean.
I guess my point is the same and in addition to the ones you made, being aware of what affects your project from a time-line and environment standpoint can help alter the end result to something much more rewarding.
To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault