How many times have you said this or just felt this way? You’re on a tight schedule feeling the anxiety of running behind only to arrive at your destination to find no one else is in a hurry. Or worse, they ask you why you rushed, you had plenty of time. UGH!!! I know I’ve been there on more than one occasion. My wife can even tell when I feel like I need to hurry, especially when driving because she’ll pat me on the leg or hand and simply say, “You are not a NASCAR driver.” So, besides crushing my dream, this reminds me to simply slow down. But have you noticed how many of us low and SLOW cooks get anxious when cooking?
We attribute it to, “I just can’t sit still” or “I need to be doing something all the time” which may be true to an extent. But why be busy for the sake of being busy? When this happens nerves are on edge, you miss something, or you simply get distracted from more important tasks. Here are a few tips which will help you focus your energy to productive ends.
Make a Plan
Living here in Orlando, FL I’m always hearing about plans the different parks are making. Universal Studios just announced their plans to build and open a brand-new park, in addition to the expansion plans they have for the current ones. They’ve laid out every aspect of this new park before the very first shovel turns the ground. Before a bank will give you a business loan they want to know where you’re heading with your business and their money, so they ask you for the business plan. What a plan does is give direction so one isn’t just aimlessly doing but rather doing everything with purpose, which brings us to the next tip.
Have a Purpose
Keeping with the Universal Studios analogy, they’ve hired a team of architects to draw up blueprints. But when someone asks, “Why is this or that here or there?” the purpose is then explained. Perhaps the breaker box is placed in this spot so it’s easily accessible but still hidden from view. When I was in college, I worked in the maintenance department where on rainy days we had to sort buckets of bolts and screws based not only on size but type. I hated this because, to me, it was just busy work which annoyed me to no end. It wasn’t until later I learned my boss wanted this done so when we needed one for a part or piece of machinery, we wouldn’t be wasting our time looking for one. Once I learned the purpose I didn’t mind as much.
Make time to Play
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” was a saying I loved as a youth because I loved to play, and I was good at it. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become somewhat of a workaholic, but I’ve learned to also balance this work with time off. Sometimes my time off from work is doing other work, like mowing or cleaning my office. However, I have also learned I need to take time to visit one of the parks I live near, chill out on the beach while I read one of the many books I have or simply go fishing. When I take time to “play” I find that I return to work with a renewed zeal to get everything accomplished.
There is nothing work with hurrying or being busy, but you can accomplish so much more if you apply these three tips.