HALT THE HURRY


Is a book better if you speed read it, or if you take your time and get lost in it?

Is a song better if you skim through it, or if you take the time to really listen?

Is your work better if you’re trying to do 10 things at once, or if you really pour yourself into one important task?

If nature can get everything done without rushing, so can you.

Make the simple admission that life is better when savored, then make the commitment to give that a try.

Do less. Pick 2-3 important things – or even just one important thing – and work on those first. Saving smaller routine tasks for later in the day gives you time to focus.

Practice disconnecting. Have time with no phone calls, when you’re just creating, or when you’re just spending time with someone, or just reading a book, or just taking a walk, or just eating mindfully.

Give yourself time to get ready and get there. If you think you can get there in 10 minutes, perhaps give yourself 2-3 times that amount so you can go at a leisurely pace and maybe even get there early.

Practice being comfortable with sitting, doing nothing. When people have to wait, they become impatient or uncomfortable. They want their mobile device or at least a magazine, because standing and waiting is either a waste of time or something they’re not used to doing without feeling self-conscious. Instead, try just sitting there, looking around, soaking in your surroundings.

Realize that if it doesn’t get done, that’s OK. Your boss might get mad, but the company won’t collapse and the life will inevitably go on. And the things that need to get done will.

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