Whoa, Nelly! There are times when we need to slow down

SlowPhotoDo you ever feel like you’re rushing through life so quickly, you haven’t smelled a rose in years?

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?

Kathryn (www.kathrynmaeglin.com)

About Kathryn Maeglin

Kathryn started her writing career as an award-winning journalist. But after too many years of being constrained by the facts, she began writing fiction. Her goal is to write entertaining and meaningful stories women can relate to, and to have fun doing it. When she's not writing, she's reading, eating junk food, or hanging out with friends and family, and probably talking too much. She's happily married and has two overfed, underemployed cats. Ten percent of Kathryn's net royalties will be donated to two charities that serve people dealing with cancer: Cancer Support Community and Pink Ribbon Connection.
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3 Responses to Whoa, Nelly! There are times when we need to slow down

  1. A friend and I were talking about this the other day. With writing and promotion of books and blogs, kids, household chores, her business, errands, and just about every thing else life throws at us it seems like we never stop. It’s exhausting. Thanks for the tips!

  2. I don’t even have kids. I’m always in awe of those of you who do! I sometimes think moms must have the best organizational skills on the planet.

  3. kathybryson says:

    Good advice! There is a lot of pressure to produce, so great reminder of when and why you need to slow down!

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