Are you a rushaholic? Sure, we all want to be efficient with our time – it’s our most precious commodity. But what if it’s more efficient to do things slowly? What if going faster actually slows us down?
Take your time. Get it done right – the first time.
Rushing Wastes Time
I find I frequently forget things when I’m rushing, and end up wasting more time than I saved. Like the time we were rushing to get my parents to the airport and it wasn’t until we got there that we realized we left one of the suitcases behind. The funny thing is that there was no reason to rush in the first place – we had plenty of time; so much time in fact, that we drove the half hour back to the house, picked up the suitcase, and got to the airport with time to spare. We get so hooked on the habit of hurrying that sometimes we rush needlessly. (I guess that’s why they call us the human race.)
Time Management guru Harold Taylor, in his book, “Slowing Down the Speed of Life”, advises us to “Drive slower, walk slower, talk slower and work slower. The faster you go, the faster life seems to go.”
Accidents Increase with Speed
I can tell you from my experience, once you can get past the initial feelings of panic and guilt (that you are not doing enough) and see the amazing results, slower feels better.
When we rush, there is more chance of making mistakes. This can impact our stress levels, our finances and our relationships. Just look at the benefits of slowing down and see if that shifts your view.
Benefits of slowing down:
- increased creativity
- decreased stress and anxiety
- fewer mistakes
- more opportunities
- more productive
- experience more joy
- improved communications and better relationships
- longer survival rate
(The Body Clock Advantage, Matthew Edlund)
“Speed is the enemy of time management, not its ally.” -Harold Taylor
Are you addicted to the fast paced life? Or have you tried taking it slow?
Certified Professional Organizer & Life Coach