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To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
-- Albert Camus
 

 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Savor the effort

When you hurry through a task, you’re signaling to yourself that you don’t want to be doing it. By slowing down a little, you can become much more engaged.

Fast and furious is not sustainable. You’re in danger of burning yourself out before the job is finished.

No, you don’t want to dawdle and procrastinate. But neither do you want to rush so fast as to build up a disdain for the work.

Allow yourself to settle in to the task. Give to it the entirety of your focus, your care, your enthusiasm.

You’ve chosen to do the work, and your best option is to do it well. You’re spending the time, so do yourself a big favor and become fully engaged with the effort.

Often you can finish sooner, and better, by going a little slower. Step back from the frenzy, savor the effort, and enjoy the experience of a job well done.

— Ralph Marston

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