Is there more on your to-do list than there is time to do it? Just because the world is moving at a break-neck pace does not mean you have to. As Lily Tomlin reminded us: "Even if you win the rat race, you are still a rat." Mistakes and accidents are more often a result of moving too fast. Most situations call for more time and patience than we plan for. Besides, most of us want a deeper life, not a faster one.
Bamboo Rule: Bamboo Farmers wait years for growth; all worthy success requires it.
Here are seven ideas to help you slow down and live a deeper, more meaningful life:
- Say "no" with a smile on your face. Watch out for scope creep, and be willing to renegotiate agreements and schedules. Make sure another person's lack of planning and preparation does not become your problem.
- Put yourself on the agenda. Much like the flight attendant reminds us: "Put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others."
- When evaluating your to-do list, ask yourself "What's Important Now?" - W.I.N.
- Create a 'do-not-do' list. For example: I do not work on Sundays.
- While the world is moving too fast, be sure to: Stop, look & listen.
- Take a retreat. Tuning out is just as important as tuning in. Refresh.
- Choose how you wait. We all have lines to wait in; make it a time to breathe and think.
For more ideas about slowing down, read Chapter 21 Busy But Balanced in Water The Bamboo®: Unleashing The Potential Of Teams And Individuals.