Baldwin, Bruce A. Ph. D. It’s All In Your Head.
Wilmington: Direction Dynamics 1985
Here are a number of strategies to help you get started in the difficult process of psychologically slowing down. You may think of other techniques as you become more involved in reversing your Hurry Sickness.
a. Catch Yourself. Fix your hurrying tendencies so well in mind that your are aware of them every time you begin to rush around. At first you won’t always catch yourself, but you will soon get better with practice. You will also learn how to slow down quickly when you find yourself in high gear.
b. Remind Yourself. Many times each day remind yourself of the futility of hurrying and the negative impact it is having on you. Remind yourself that you have more than enough control to stop it and how good you feel about the gains you are making each day.
c. Rescheduling. Avoid scheduling appointments back to back. Give yourself a breather between each one. Use that time to sit back and relax for a moment. Leave home a few minutes earlier to enjoy a leisurely and pleasant drive to work.
d.. Get Away. Your workplace and your home may contribute to your rapid pace. (“There are so many things that need to be done.”) Get out of the house with the family regularly on weekend excursions, day trips, or evenings out, in lieu of big blocks of time once or twice a year.
e. Focus on the Positive. Begin to build cooperation and a team spirit by consciously dropping your negativity and cynicism. Focus on the positive in yourself, your subordinates, and your family. Respond to problems with encouragement and support, not the impatient, explosive anger that is so
personally rejecting of others.
f. Small talk. Take time for pleasant chats with colleagues, family members, and your support staff each day. A lunch with your spouse, an easygoing chat in the car, and playing with the kids are all opportunities to build relationships, relax yourself, and get to know people you care about once again. Take care not to talk about work.
g. Quiet Times. Get back in touch with some of your deeper feelings and maintain perspective by spending thirty-minute quiet times by yourself several times a week. Leisurely walks, sitting in a quiet chapel, or watching the sun go down are helpful to get comfortable with yourself and gain the perspective you need to slow down.