Why You Should Take Your Time

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Image of beach and phrase, 3 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Time and Not RushDo you feel as if your life is constantly rushed?

Are you looking to do things at a more sensible, and reasonable pace?

In this post, I offer a few reasons as to why you should take your time, every single day.

You’ll have a better understanding as to what is truly urgent or important.

One of the problems in rushing around constantly is you end up clouding your ability to judge whether or not something is really important. If you’re always rushing about treating everything as an emergency, how will you know when a real emergency arises?

Put on the brakes by telling yourself to slow down (aloud if you need to!). Deliberately slow your actions down too: try typing or writing slowly, chew your food carefully, think about a problem step-by-step. Pay attention to what you’re doing at any given moment and consider whether it is a true emergency…or just your perception of an emergency.

You’ll prevent mistakes.

To be clear, I’m not saying you won’t make any mistakes when you slow down, but chances are when you take your time to do something, you’ll make far fewer mistakes than you would have if you rushed through the whole thing. When you slow down, you allow yourself more time to absorb information and process ideas and concepts. Knowing a bit more info in any situation might prevent you from making a potential error…or two!

The next time you start that DIY craft project or work research assignment, take a moment to understand what’s presented in front of you. Do you have all the materials you need to begin? Are you following the directions to the letter? A little knowledge can truly go a long way in preventing errors.

You’ll protect the wellbeing of yourself and others.

Safety is one of those things you don’t really pay attention to, until it’s compromised or something bad happens. Rushing everyday tasks, be it cutting carrots on a cutting board, running for a train when there’s another just two minutes away, or putting on mascara in a hurry can lead to some pretty disastrous results. Why take the risk with your health and wellbeing?

Slowing down your approach to one daily task that’s just a little bit on the dangerous side (no running with scissors, please) has immediate benefits for your, your family, friends, coworkers, and fellow neighbor. Stay safe and take your time.

How about you? Do you find yourself rushing through particular tasks during your day? Will you think twice about rushing through them next time? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.