The power of going slow!
If you’re the kind of person who rushes around doing everything at once then pause, then you could actually save some time by finding a quiet space and giving this exercise some attention…Consider that slowing down doesn’t necessarily mean losing ground. And when we try to do things too quickly it can actually take longer in the end.
Exercise – Reflect on how you reach your goals
- Write a professional or private “to do” list. Mentally run through your routines and note how you feel about the process.
- Now pick out two or three points and imagine giving yourself twice the amount of time to complete the task. Are you worried you won’t be as efficient as before?
- If so, consider two different situations. Think back to a time when you were in a hurry and efficient at the same time. How often are you able to achieve this?
- Now consider all the times when you were in a hurry but it cost you in the end. Did you forget your keys, run back and forth through your house to get ready? Did you forget to address an important topic in a meeting? Were you less prepared?
- Reflect on a situation when you allowed yourself enough time to think calmly and clearly about a project. Did the task actually run more smoothly? Just as important, was it more enjoyable?
In life and in your everyday, are you giving yourself enough time to accomplish what matters the most to you?
- When you catch yourself doing things too quickly, take a few minutes to think about how slowing down could be more efficient and enjoyable. .
Integrating the exercise
- Be more focused at work. Have fewer meetings, prioritise genuinely important tasks and do them first. Before taking on a new project, consider whether the extra work load will help or hurt your work in the long run.
- Make realistic “to do” lists, and put a star next to anything that will benefit from being done at a slower, steadier pace.
- Yes, it is possible to arrive on time! One thing is rushing around mentally, another is doing it physically. Try giving yourself twice the amount of time you think you need to get from A to B.
- Slow down even when no one is waiting for you Take note whether this helps you feel more relaxed and in touch with your thoughts.
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