Hurry Up and Slow Down!

Posted by David Chism | Wed, Jun 7, 2023

 Hurry Up and Slow Down!

One of the things I have been learn­ing this year is to be okay with slow­ing down a bit and not being in such a hur­ry. In oth­er words, be okay with not get­ting to every­thing and being read­i­ly avail­able 247.

It’s a tough thing these days, isn’t it? Maybe you can relate…

One of the soft­wares I have used for years is called Base­camp, and I real­ly love the own­ers’ phi­los­o­phy: Work can wait.” I’ve tried to inten­tion­al­ly remind myself of this, and have made changes in my dai­ly life to help me not bring work home with me. Turn­ing off noti­fi­ca­tions, social media breaks… All are impor­tant, but I still find myself rush­ing around and say­ing, I’m busy, busy, busy!”

Aware­ness is the first step

The good news is that I am aware of the prob­lem, and that I have some addic­tions that need help: work, tech­nol­o­gy, and just stay­ing busy. These are all things that I have iden­ti­fied in my life that need to change.

Our cul­ture doesn’t help, either. Being busy is cel­e­brat­ed and worn like a badge of hon­or, with peo­ple prac­ti­cal­ly apol­o­giz­ing for tak­ing a day off or explain­ing why they’re on vaca­tion. That’s just not how it should be, and it isn’t healthy or sustainable. 

My wife encour­aged me recent­ly to read a book she just fin­ished called, The Ruth­less Elim­i­na­tion of Hur­ry.” As I write this blog, I’m a third of the way through the book and find­ing it very help­ful and encour­ag­ing that there is hope for a guy like me.

One of the things I have already learned while read­ing is that every human has the same amount of time in a day: 24 hours! We don’t need more time in the day because we’ve all been giv­en the same amount. Here are a cou­ple of the things we DO need to do:

  1. Learn where to pull back

  2. Know our limit

Lim­i­ta­tions aren’t weak­ness­es. In fact, know­ing and embrac­ing them is one of the first steps to slow­ing down and learn­ing to enjoy this life we’ve been given. 

I am ear­ly on in this jour­ney, but am com­mit­ted to tak­ing the steps need­ed to be health­i­er all around in my faith and life. I plan on start­ing by lim­it­ing time on devices, like scrolling social media, and turn­ing off noti­fi­ca­tions after a cer­tain time. I am also plan­ning on tak­ing more walks with my wife! I want to enjoy more moments with my fam­i­ly and cus­tomers instead of feel­ing like I need to be more respon­si­ble and take on more work, suc­cess, etc. 

No work, email, or mes­sages… It all can wait. 

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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