Slow the F*%! Down

Apr 8, 2013 by

This Truly Simple Action is directly solely at me.  If it helps you as well that is great, but I need to hear this right now, so I am telling myself.  Slow the f*%! down Ben.

I had a truly horrible weekend.  I don’t have many bad days.  I am usually extremely happy and very easy going, but sometimes things all go awry, and I know exactly why this happens.

One of my strengths is that I am able to get an amazing amount accomplished.  This also stems from one of my greatest weaknesses which is unreasonable expectations.  I expect a lot from myself and I set out to accomplish it all.  When this goes well it goes great.  I kick ass and get more done that most people.  When it goes wrong, it goes horribly wrong and frustrates me more than anything.  As per last week’s TSA, I have been doing too much lately and it has come back to bite me in the ass.  The combination of too much going on with not enough hours in the day has set me up for some frustration as of late.

I need to slow down.  I need to not let my expectations frustrate me in the face of the reality of how long things really take to complete.  I need to try to do less and be OK with it.

If any of this sounds familiar, let this note to myself be a reminder to you to slow down.  If you are in the same boat as me I would love to hear how you deal with this?  Telling myself to slow down is easy.  Putting it into practice is really difficult for me.

So your Truly Simple Action this week is to slow down, but I want you to tell me how you do this.  How do you pause and reset your expectations toward reality and let things take the time they should take?

I would love to hear from you on this.  Please tell me in the comments below.

Ben…

Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:

 
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TSA #17 – Slow the F&*! Down

Mar 15, 2012 by

I meant to post this yesterday but was trying to follow my own advice.  So here it is.  Slow the f&*! down.  Stop doing so much.  Take a moment to stop and breath.

I just got back from back to back shows for work.  The first was GDC up in San Francisco.  I then came home for 10 hours, enough time to do laundry, sleep, kiss my wife, and then leave again to Austin for SXSW.  I got back yesterday and I took the day off to spend some time with my wife. We had grand plans to go to Disneyland, but as I tried to start up the Jeep, the battery was dead.  That was an easy fix, so I set out about geting it done, again rushing to find time to have fun.  Finally we just said we would do Disneyland another day and stayed home and hung out.  I still have a million things to do at home and work from being gone so long, but sometimes you need to slow down and take a break.  We spent a nice day at home, getting some stuff done, but still taking some time to relax.

This is probably one of my biggest areas that I need to work on.  I am always go go go.  I can always squeeze in more projects, more things on my to-do list, one more email while waiting in line somewhere.  I need to constantly remind myself to slow down.  Take a break.  Stop, breath, and let the world turn.

So this week (week’s almost over, sorry), take a moment and stop.  Slow down. Don’t try to do too much. Stop trying to over do it.  Take a moment for yourself and let all of the things you have to do stay where they are.  Take some time for yourself and see how that feels.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions
The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

Previous TSA’s:
TSA#1 – Buy a meal for someone who needs it
TSA#2 – Go do something fun
TSA#3 – Enough with the plastic bottles
TSA#4 – Learn something new
TSA#5 – Celebrate Christmas
TSA#6 – Start off the new year with a clean room
TSA#7 – Improve
TSA#8 – Tell someone you love them
TSA#9 – Adopt some grandparents
TSA#10 – Organize your life: Inbox edition
TSA#11 – Try a new local restaurant
TSA#12 – Stop watching one TV show
TSA#13 – Do one thing that needs to be done
TSA#14 – Make a Mess
TSA#15 – Give Up
TSA#14 – Make a Mess
TSA#15 – Give Up
TSA#16 – Drink Water

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