Have you ever been in such a hurry that in an attempt to get things done faster, it results in the contrary? Often, the effort to rush to complete one’s tasks becomes nothing short of futile. As a result, things inevitably go wrong. Mistakes are made. We miss appointments or forget to do important things, and in the end, it actually wastes more time.
Do you think it’s because we genuinely have too much to do with too little time? Or, is it that we intentionally take on more, because we are so driven to earn more, accomplish more, and acquire more. There is a difference. One suggests we really do have a lot on our plate, but the latter implies that we are indeed creating our own pressure. It’s our competitive nature that fuels us. We have willingly enrolled in life’s fast-paced rat race to the finish. Irregardless, both scenarios have a significant time-management component and good reason to think about slowing down.
We can all can agree that there is a price to pay for that compulsive drive to do more, to be better. And if we consider the harried pace in which we attempt to accomplish it all, we are in danger of losing control. Productivity obviously suffers but more importantly, one’s health and finance can be at risk too. Rushing through an over-scheduled day can be suffocating. It not only breeds stress, it can impact thoughtful decision making and yield a host of other negative consequences. Can you think of a time that a hasty decision had significant financial ramifications?
Yet with our busy lives, it is increasingly difficult to be “present” for each and every activity we engage in. We frequently do a lot of tasks by sheer rote. How many times are we operating on auto-pilot? Too many, I’m afraid. All too often, we are doing one thing while thinking about another. So many of us rushing around, doing, without even thinking. Pushing the envelope, until we can push no more.
“You can only go as fast as the slowest part of you can go,” said Bonnie Raitt after a 7 year hiatus from the studio. Wise words to contemplate. Classic take-away…know thyself.
So if your plate is too full, avoid trying to clean it all up in a hurry. Stop. Slow down. Breathe. It’s the only way to manage the overload. It is far easier to focus on one task at a time and give it your proper attention, than rushing through too many simultaneously. Nothing gets done well, just a lot of mediocre.
When you’re moving too fast, it is difficult to make a connection between yourself and your task at hand.
Conscious doing is far more effective than unconscious doing. It is intentional participation. No matter what it is that you’re doing, being “in the moment” will sharpen any experience and most likely emit better results. But we need to create the time and space to concentrate and pause. In this way, we can control our daily pace. Beware of the dangers in unconscious multitasking. It can be an obstacle for getting things done, rather than a quicker solution.
As one who talks fast, walks fast, and works fast, I confess to doing just about everything fast. It is very challenging to slow myself down, but when I do, I admit I feel more balanced. My secret is committing to Pilates classes three times a week. It is there that I can stop, breathe and get off the merry-go-round.
We can probably all benefit from slowing down a little, taking it down a notch. Really, what’s the big rush? Where’s the fire?
So if you’re moving too fast, how do you slow down? What’s your secret? I don’t mean to rush you, lol, but I look forward to your comments. Inquiry minds want to know.