Just came across this awesome blog post on Paul Coelho's blog. It's fitting because as a self-proclaimed workaholic, I need things like this to remind me to slow down. I'm the first to admit that I was operating like a well oiled machine for years. I was like a robot, I knew how to fix everything that came across my desk and I was efficient. This sounds great but in doing this I lost my capacity for deep thinking. I no longer could take an idea from start to finish. All of this happened in a matter of a 8 short years. I went from a person of depth to a person who could only multi-task. I was officially a human factory just churning out the same product over and over. If you asked me to veer off the multi-tasking path I was scared and stressed out. I no longer knew how to handle just one thing.
The day I woke up I realized I never signed on for this. I had allowed a job to reshape my brain and take something from me. Of course looking back there were things I could have done to avoid this. First of all, I lost my spark after doing the same thing for 8 years. I was comfortable and complacent which left me unchallenged. This made me spiral towards being resentful towards my work, while grateful for a paycheck. How exactly was I supposed to find balance in that feeling? It's not possible trust me.
One of the things that motivates me to slow down is the thought of shortening my workday. I know that sounds odd...shortening your workday by slowing down. The thought is if you stop multitasking and start doing things one by one, in completion, you will get done sooner. Doing this also leaves your brain some buffer space in order to think deeper and resolve things without having to think harder. Overworking ourselves has become the new baseline for our careers, let's change that.
Read "Six Ways to Refuel Your Energy Everyday". I simply love this advice. Do you do anything to refuel or do you need to refuel more? Leave me a comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts.