Taking the Time to Slow Down

“I’m great at multi-tasking.”

This is something I have caught myself saying in many an interview or discussion about a potential project. But what does it mean to be great at multi-tasking? Does it mean you are going non-stop – jumping from project to project without taking a break to re-focus on what your overall strategy and goals are? No.

True and effective multi-tasking is achieved by maintaining focus on your strategy and the purpose behind your work. As busy leaders, we can get overwhelmed and lose sight of the big picture if we are constantly overloaded with the small things.

In an article on the TrainingIndustry.com blog today, Marcia Reynolds shared some tips for slowing down and maintaining that focus.

TIP #1: Taking a nap or letting your mind wander gives your brain a chance to process complex decisions.

TIP #2: Determine your own sense of balance. What can you accomplish without feeling stressed and overwhelmed?

TIP #3: Get over yourself and asking for help when you need it.

By following these tips for success, I think we all could do a little better at taking it down a notch and making sure we are doing what we are doing for the right reasons.

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One comment on “Taking the Time to Slow Down

  1. Nick Kellingley
    September 1, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    I always find thinking can be the most time consuming part of real work. It annoys me intensely when I’m taking time out to do some when others pop by to tell me I should look “busier”.

    This is good advice above but sometimes difficult to implement.

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