I've noticed this with my students as well. The one's able to get the work done and move on are the ones with the time, flexibility, and freedom to pursue badges and ask more engaging questions in the long run. The ones hung up on details, trying to get everything "perfect", are the ones that ultimately rush to finish at the end. Since time is always the one limited resource, it could just be that "more" is truly better than "better". A sad message in some ways, but an important one.
Bill Gates once said "if I had an important task, I'd give it to a busy person. He'd find a way to get it done quickly." As society speed up, so to must our workflows.