Slowing Down to Save Time

Heather says:

Sometimes, despite it being counter-intuitive , slowing down saves a lot of time.

Before racing to beat the clock, whether it’s the daily grind, a special event, or an emergency, take a moment.

If the pressure comes from over-scheduling, stop what you are doing and make a list prioritizing in three categories, the musts, shoulds, and oughts.

The musts are life, limb, and severe reputation or financial damage. The shoulds are moderate reputation and monetary damage and family outranks friends. The oughts are the things that are nice, but when considering the big picture don’t matter that much. Completely ignore the if onlys. The ifs only exist for people with staff -that’s not me, is it you?

Before high stress special events, whether it’s a happy or stressful occasion, take time to consider the basics. The night before, take a few minutes to locate all essential items, keys, identification, etc and place them where they cannot be forgotten. Before walking out the door -no matter how rushed- pause and go over a mental checklist. Of course it feels like a needless exercise and pointless waste of time. Yet I guarantee it takes less time than turning around and going back for that report, briefcase, boarding pass, or ring.

In emergencies, asses the situation. Acting quickly is one matter, jumping blindly another. This is especially true when it comes to first aid. Rarely will pausing to discern what is truly happening cause damage.

Just a thought from a hectic week. Tell me, Home-Eccers, how are you?


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  2. Jackie on April 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    This is so true! I find the more rushed and harried I get the more time things take. Taking a deep breath and just getting centered can make everything so much easier. It's just remembering that when you're in the thick of it that can be tough!

  3. Heather Solos on April 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm


  4. Ruth on April 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Definitely a hectic week for me. I'm trying to balance something really good & something really bad. I can't fix the bad so I'm just trying to work with the good.
    My recent post My Menace of Crocheted Cthulhus

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