"One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” – Viggo Mortensen
Take it slow
We will be the first to admit – slowing down is difficult, especially in this go, go, go culture we've created. Time is money after all. But here's the data: a Harvard Business Review study found that those who paused at key moments to evaluate their progress had 40% higher sales and 52% higher operating profits over a three-year period than those who tried to gain an edge by speeding from one initiative to the next.
Slowing down means making a conscious choice to reflect, learn, and review what's working and what isn't. Here are some of our favorite ways to slow down to speed up:
Note the difference between solving a problem and reacting to a problem. Complex issues take time to solve. If you're moving at the speed of light, you are most likely reacting to problems created, as opposed to anticipating problems that could be created. Slowing down means making informed decisions and weighing options.
Pace yourself. Speed typically happens out of necessity. If you're running late on a deadline or have procrastinated a big project, that rush to the end will most likely leave you with unsatisfactory work. Prioritize so that you're not working from a state of panic.
Be mindful and present. Go to bed earlier. Spend time in nature. Meditate. Take time to slow down so you're not speeding through life and missing all of the good along the way.