Our days fly by, filled with meetings, phone calls, transit to and from events. What is often missing is taking the time to think about things.
This article suggests that the key to getting things done is not speed up or work harder, it’s taking time for introspection. This isn’t a complex process, it’s simply a matter of structuring the day to allow for some free time to think about what you’re working on.
My practice is to block out lunch time to review my projects, catch up on some reading, take my mind out of 5th gear and consider what I’m doing rather than just doing it. I find this really opens up my thinking, allowing me to create connections that might have been missed in my haste. Something to consider, going slow.
The data are compelling. Improving performance may not be best accomplished by pushing employees to work harder or longer. Although seemingly antithetical, the secret to creating a winning team is to give them permission to slow down, so the benefits of reflection can shine through.