Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Slow Down To Speed Up

If you want to get something done fast, speeding up isn’t always the answer. Especially not in the modern workplace.

Rushing has a tendency to be costly.

Take driving. If you want to quickly go from A to B, you can’t just put the pedal to the metal and think you’ll arrive in one piece. Even if you take traffic out of the equation, taking a turn at top speed will have you flying into a wall.

This isn’t anything new. You already know you need to slow down at corners.

But for some reason, most of us don’t know that we need to slow down at work. That is, if we want to achieve our goals as fast as we can. 

Why?

Because work has become complex. We’re no longer building widgets and pulling on levers all day. The challenges of today are far more challenging.

The solution to many of our problems isn’t always self-evident. So if you aggressively plug away at them thinking that it’ll be simple, you’re just wasting precious resources.

Motivation being perhaps the most precious of all. There are few things more demoralizing than working on a seemingly unsolvable problem.

So when it comes to work, we must embrace that sometimes the best course of action is to pause and reflect. To slow down and get a deeper understanding of the challenge so you can push through and speed up later.

Leaving the problem alone may feel like giving up. But it’s often the best choice when faced with something you don’t understand.

Using our car example from before, it’s generally faster to look ahead and prepare yourself for any dangers than to race over the road and deal with problems on the fly. Speed beats foresight if nothing happens. But if you catch a bad pothole or hit a deer, you may not reach your destination at all. 

Don’t be in a rush. 

The time you lose in exploring you often gain in follow through.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach