Do you remember “The Tortious and the Hare?” If you’re like me you have a tendency to increase pace as the day or week goes on and the “To Do” list lengthens. However, slowing our pace may just actually increase our productivity in the long run. More importantly, it will increase the quality of what does matter, our relationships with those around us.
Here are 5 Ways to Pace Ourselves as leaders…
1) Make that “To Do” list and put, “Slow Down!” at the top. Making this list and keeping it current will help decrease your anxiety about not getting (or forgetting!) things done.
2) Tell someone about your effort to pace yourself. Give them permission to pull you over for “speeding.”
3) “Take 5.” Set an alarm throughout the day to remind you to just stop, breathe, and take 5 minutes for some stillness and quiet. Refocus and reset your heart and mind and then restart with a steady pace.
4) Pray about it. Ask God to help you break the habit of breaking land speed records with the pace of your life and leadership. Confess any pride that may be fueling your need to be seen as always busy and needed as a leader. The act of prayer itself will serve to lend the perspective needed to increase trust in God and decrease worry and hurry.
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5, NIV