3 Ways That Slowing Down Can Actually Help You Get More Done
Perhaps it was watching the Road Runner blast around at a lightning pace in Bugs Bunny cartoons as a kid, or marveling over the impressive feats of athletes known for speed, like track and field star Florence Griffith Joyner or soccer legend Mia Hamm. Whatever the case, I developed a deep-seated belief early on that moving and thinking fast was the key to success. Like a Pavlovian dog getting a treat, I was rewarded for acting quickly for decades. I won trophies for extemporaneous and impromptu speaking competitions during my academic career. I got praise at work for helping companies be the first to promote innovative ideas and services. No wonder this became a default behavior — until I realized this past year that the self-induced pressure to move fast increased my stress and anxiety while hurting my well-being.
— Published on December 31, 2018