Slow Down To Speed Up

By February 19, 2013 Business 4 Comments

It seems almost counterintuitive to say that you can speed up by first slowing down, but it’s true.

I have written a lot about finding clarity in previous posts, and your level of clarity about what you are doing will directly determine your level of productivity. You can find clarity by slowing down to reflect on your business or life, and so it follows that slowing down will increase productivity in the longer term, even if have to make a small sacrifice in the short term.

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How To Slow Down To Speed Up …

1. Remove The Bricks

Imagine that you’re about to start off on a big mountain trek, but your backpack is filled with bricks.

Would you try to carry the bricks to the top of the mountain, or would you remove the bricks from your backpack before setting off?

I find that many of my clients have a very keen focus on the top of the mountain, but their progress slows almost to a halt because they don’t stop to clear off the slate of niggly little tasks that have cropped up. This is the classic scenario where stopping in the present to get clarity will increase your speed in the future.

a) Create two columns either on a sheet of paper or in an excel spreadsheet. Label one column “PERSONAL” and the other “BUSINESS” or “CAREER”

Spend 20 minutes or so dumping down everything that has been left “incomplete”

b) Assign an “a”, “b”, or “c” priority to each task

c) Assign a time value for each task (NOTE: be realistic and stick to this)

d) Get to work

2. Give Yourself Permission To Have A Break

We all seem to have (or at least we create) such “busy-ness” in our lives. The idea of taking a week off – completely away from our busy schedules – is something many people think they can’t afford. In fact, you can’t afford not to do it.

The point when you give your mind and body the opportunity to stop is the time when you have your major breakthroughs.

I’ve been going to the gym lately, and I find it interesting that my body is doing the work of rebuilding muscle after the sessions – ie while I’m resting.

It’s similar in business … it’s only by taking a step back to get some perspective that we are able to regroup and move on.

Have your ever experienced the phenomenon of slowing down in order to speed up? Would love to read your comments below …

About Andrew Roberts

Andrew is well known as one of Australia’s leading business mentors, is a Strategic Business specialist, and has been known to work his own magic with a host of companies featured in various Top 100 BRW lists. Andrew has gone from running one of the largest business coaching companies in Australia to focusing on specialists and leaders of various industries.

  • Srikanth

    Your message is so apt and has come at a time when I seem to need it most. I am noticing that most of your messages are so timely that I get intrigued if we have a subconscious connection between us. Thanks Andrew for your valuable tips.look forward to more.

  • Thank you so much Andrew for your kind advice. I try to take a day off when i can effort it. Right know i have one resident , which i can cover the cause of my house payment . Hopefully i will fill up my other two room that will help to pay for my employee and pay myself to take a rest with my own family for couple of day per week. If you or your friends are interested to be in partner by sending a potential resident to us through your web site. Some agency charge 50% of my income and others agency charge me about 25% in the past with my previous resident who was already on hospice unfortunately. My weakness i get attach with our resident. Hope to hear from you soon. Happy Tibetan Losar. I hope you have a wounderful day. Love Tsering from SUNCRESTSENIORCAREHOME.COM TALENT OREGON.

  • Anjonet

    Hi

    this message really resonates with me. It reminds of some of the principles taught in Stephen Covey’s book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. It is good to remind yourself to take time to give to yourself otherwise you will have nothing left to give to anyone or anything else.

  • vaibhav sarin

    Hi Andrew,
    First of all, Thank You for all the Good Work that you Do!!
    Yes, Slowing Down is a Kind of Enjoyment that you add to All Aera’s of Your Life.
    Be it family, friends, work, anything that you do.
    Slowing down, Adds love, Adds to understanding and Helps you take Great Desicions, adds balance and Energises you.

    Yes, Surely Soemtime for Ourselves is Something very Meaningfull!

    Thank You
    Vaibhav Sarin

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