For many people, there are essentially only two speeds—fast and faster. It seems that, most of the time, we are moving very quickly, doing three or four things at once. Often we are only paying partial attention or half listening to the people we are working with. Our minds are cluttered and overly busy.
Perhaps the reason so many of us spend so much time moving fast is that we fear falling behind or losing our edge. Our competitors, and everyone else around us, seem to be moving so fast that we feel we must do the same.
It’s important to note that, in this hyper, frenetic state of mind, our concentration suffers. We waste precious energy and have tendency to make mistakes. When we’re in a hurry, it’s difficult to determine what’s truly most relevant because we are so preoccupied with getting everything done. Because we are moving so quickly, it’s easy to get stressed out, nervous, and agitated. And because we are so “on edge,” things get on our nerves easily and often.
See if you can make a conscious effort to slow down- both your thinking and your actions. If you do, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that, despite the slower speed, you’ll become more relaxed and far more effective. You’ll regain your composure and be able to see the bigger picture.
Your stress level will drop dramatically and it will even seem like you have more time. Your thinking and listening skills will become sharper. You’ll be able to anticipate problems rather than finding yourself in the middle of them so often.