We live in what I would call “The Instantaneous Age.” Since there are now so many things we can get in a split second, we’ve come to expect instant delivery from every supplier, including ourselves.
While I love being able to get what I want with just a few keystrokes, I also realize it generally took a whole lot longer than that to produce whatever it is I’m getting, especially if it’s something of high quality. When we start to value speed over content, it’s almost inevitable quality will decline.
Authors are under increasing pressure to pump out more and more all the time. There’s no question we need to work at a brisk pace to be competitive. I’m constantly struggling to speed up everything I do, especially my writing. However, while there are some authors who’ve become very successful by being highly prolific, there are others (myself included) who simply can’t produce good work without sufficient time.
No matter what field you work in, there are times when slowing down makes sense, such as when:
- you’re making a major decision, especially one involving your career.
- you’re putting the final touches on something, and it’s the last opportunity you’ll have to get it right.
- you’re exhausted and more prone to making mistakes anyway. Sometimes, taking a small break or nap can save you time in the long run by making you more productive.
- your pace is making you sick, physically or emotionally.
- you forget why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.
How about you? Do you sometimes feel like a rodent in the writing rat race? How do you know when it’s time to slow down?