Sometimes you need to sit back and evaluate your life. How are your stress levels? What are you doing to maximize on your skills and maintain your work/life balance?
I have been thinking about the pace of life. If you are like me, when things are moving too fast, you may feel stressed. But if things seem too slow, well you can also feel stress (or boredom, lack of accomplishment, etc). Life seems to have an appropriate pace. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” Even when we are pushed to go faster in this time of instant gratification, I find that a slower pace when constant usually pays bigger dividends. It is persistence and perseverance that makes a difference. Not only that, but many of us find that we’ve started to get bored at work which obviously hurts output. HuffPost talked about this issue in a recent article:
Stop denying that ambition. Name the feeling — say you are bored and go talk with your boss or a respected leader in your company. Get their perspective and guidance. You will be surprised how willing people are to help when asked.
Perhaps they will agree that you are ready to take on tougher challenges at your current job. Or it could be that you are in a role that will never fulfill you — time for something entirely new. Focus on what it is you want to accomplish, then chart a course to get there. Sounds easy, but it takes work. And it may not happen quickly.
But keep in mind that a slower pace does not mean less work. The settlers that came to the United States over two hundred years ago found success through hard work. Imagine raising and growing your own food, making your own clothes, trading with your neighbors, and cutting wood for heat. The pace of life was much slower, but not easier. Each of us has a different pace that is right for us. We are forged by our environment, but our environment changes over time. If we are not aware of our own internal pace, we risk losing our sense of grounding that helps us through the stress caused by the pace around us. What pace is right for you? How do you maximize productivity without increasing stress? Jack Klemeyer had some pretty great tips (borrowed from the famous book The Four Agreements) about how to control your stress levels:
Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
We all need to take time to learn how to let go of things that are out of our control instead of letting it weigh us down! Take the slower pace if that means you can keep your sanity and produce better work.