Tell me, my dear Glitterati girls, have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you’re running half an hour late for your own life? You’re over-committed, busy and trying to get way too much done in too little time? You somehow manage to pull it off (you are a super-woman after all!) but end the day exhausted, mentally and physically. How frequent are those days?
I’ve been at high-speed since new year. I admit that I kind of like it like that – it makes me feel like I’m being productive, making progress. Sometimes though it means I’m hurriedly ticking things of an endless to-do list, hurtling forward yet not looking up to see where I’m heading.
This past week I instinctively felt like I needed to slow the pace a little and breathe. It goes against the grain for me. Unless I’m doing something I feel like I’m wasting my precious time. But, I’m learning, slowing down can make you more productive.
Would you try to slow the pace a little this week? Here are four reasons to give it a go:
- You can hear the penny drop: When I wasn’t racing at a hundred miles an hour, I started seeing some obvious answers to things I’d been working on. Obvious, stare-you-in-the-face answers. Forehead-to-palm-of-hand moments of realisation. I could see what I’d been doing right and what I needed to differently. I could have wasted hours being busy but, by taking the time to just let it simmer, the answer was there in a fraction of the time.
- You get to be a human being: Catch me ‘in the zone’ and you’d see me quiet, concentrated, busy. In my own little bubble. Stepping away from the doing has meant I’ve had more time to connect to people. Actually talking and sharing and relating a little more. Some of these conversations have led to opportunities that I could never have planned for or created from my busy ‘doing’. By allowing myself to ‘be’, doors have opened that I’d have missed before.
- You realise you can’t do it all on your own: Just crack on and get it done. Sound familiar? What if you can get it done with a little help. Is there anything you think you should be doing that you could get a helping hand with? I’m a technophobe but I’m also pretty independent so, when it came to trying to solve a techie problem, I was tempted to default to my usual I-can-work-it-out-for-myself attitude. And I probably could have with a LOT of Googling! But, instead, I posted a question in a Facebook group and very quickly got an offer of help – a techie angel appeared, gave me 30 minutes of her time (out of the goodness of her heart) and, bingo, I had my answer. People are kind. People love to help out. Slow down and share more and you never know who might swoop to your aid.
- It’s flipping nice: How about, it’s nice to slow down because it feels better than the usual break-neck speed? Yep, it gets my vote too. I spent Friday – a work day! – enjoying some quality time with my friend. We drank coffee, had a leisurely lunch and chatted. It was a complete tonic.
Now, as uncomfortable as this might be, it’s your turn. Can you slow the pace this week? What time can you earmark for yourself to cast the to-do list aside and switch off? I’d love you to share in the comments below.