During the month of August I took a technology hiatus. For one entire week, I did not open my email, and for the rest of the month I exercised strong limits over all social media interaction. Among my discoveries is how much less rushed I felt, and how much better I operate at a slower speed.
When I finally moved past the initial anxiety about missing critical information and failing to respond to inquiries immediately, I noticed I was less distressed and frazzled in general, and far more present from moment to moment. I took this break right at the beginning of an extremely busy period in a number of my projects, and I was amazed to discover that by slowing down, I was actually more productive. In the limited windows in which I was connected, I was better able to prioritize the work on my agendaand discern what was and was not legitimately urgent. Nothing fell through the cracks. No deadlines were missed. Everything was accomplished in full and on time, and I was able to spend more time enjoying moments and the people I love.
Most of the pressure we feel to be faster, better, more is self-imposed - and it is often counterproductive. Can you give yourself permission to stop hurrying and allow life to unfold on its own timeline?