This week we are going Back to Basics! I am kicking this off with an essay about taking it slow and steady! This reminds me of the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare.
We are a lot like that Hare. We take pride in ourselves because we think we work well under pressure. We think we are so good at getting things done! We have two speeds like the Hare too! As fast as we can possibly go and dead stop; that is our crash and burn!
In our haste we forget that “Slow and Steady” does win the race! The race is not about the finish line. It is our journey through life. Are we going to be so exhausted at the end of our day that we can’t enjoy a story with our children? What about in our retirement years? Are we going to deal with major health issues because we pushed ourselves with adrenaline? Adrenalin is our drug of choice!
We have always been in such a hurry. This is because we have waited till the last minute to start. Our perfectionism is what causes us to procrastinate. We wait till we think we will have enough time to do it all at once. None of us has huge blocks of time any longer. When we learn to break things down into babysteps we can accomplish even the most mundane tasks without going into “Crash and Burn” high speed gear!
Adrenalin is “speed”! It kicks us into hyper drive to handle emergencies! This is how women can pick up a car to save the baby. Our bodies were not meant to have a continuous intravenous drip of adrenaline just to get through a day. Cleaning house is not a reason to put our bodies into overdrive! Daily routines can help us get our homes clean without putting stress on our bodies.
Whenever you supercharge an engine something has to pay. Just ask a guy who put mothballs in a gas tank to make his car go faster. The car will run real fast till is doesn’t. I want you to stop burning out your engine and let “Slow and Steady” become the moral of your story!
Tip of the day: Use your timer to keep you calm and focused. The timer is more about being focused on what you are doing instead of a race. Slow and steady!
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We are the queens of procrastination. Don’t allow your procrastination to bite you once again.