Simplify Your Self

Get More Done by Slowing Down

I came back to work this morning (after a few much needed days off) to piles of fun and fantastic stuff on my desk.  I’m just kidding … there were piles, but so far they are neither fun nor fantastic.

I love what I do, but I don’t love my job.  Does that make any sense at all?  Well to me it does and that’s all that matters … right?

Anywho … I found myself thinking frantically about all the things I needed to do to get caught up (if there is such a thing).  I started rushing from task to task, my mind already worrying about the next three tasks or projects.  I made mistakes.  My writing was sloppy.  I had to backspace almost everything I typed.

Then I slapped myself (not literally) and said “Gina … sloooooooooooooooow dooooooooooooooown!!!”

I took a deep breath.

I concentrated on the task in front of me.

I purposely went at half speed …. and the strangest thing happened.

I actually got MORE done and my mind calmed down.

It’s true!

I forced myself to write slower, concentrating on forming every letter and curve.  I typed slower, concentrating on hitting the right keys and not making any mistakes.  I didn’t rush anything.  I’m not a brain surgeon or a firefighter … nothing I do is an emergency.

However, if it’s important enough for me to devote time to it then it’s important enough to be done the correct way … with thought and concentration.  Plus going back to correct my mistakes would have taken more time than doing it right the first time.

What have you been rushing through?  Are you really saving any time if you’re doing things the wrong way or just getting them halfway done?




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