Whenever you find yourself rushing, even in the slightest, that’s a signal.

Most likely, it’s a signal that you need to slow down.

I’ll grant that there are some exceptions; some times when you have an actual deadline to make, and you need to put your foot on the gas, and work as quickly and diligently as possible.

Or perhaps you’re an ER nurse working to save someone’s life.

But most of the time, those are not the case.

The example of the ER nurse treating the patient in imminent mortal danger – that’s clear. Speed is needed.

However, even in the example of the work deadline, while you may not have much time to slow down right now, you’ve got to ask: why did you end up here, in this position of having to rush, in the first place?

Is it possible that a more measured approach, a better plan in the beginning might have changed that?

Finally, there’s the recurring, every day, cyclical, ‘always in a rush mode’, always with ‘too much on your plate’ …

… that’s a structural problem, probably best address by completely stopping what you’re doing altogether for a few, or more, moments.

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