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Inch by inch, it's a cinch.
-- Robert H. Schuller


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Steady and sustainable

When you’re too busy to take a break, that’s when a taking a break will do you the most good. Sometimes you reach a point at which the fastest way to go forward is to slow down a bit.

When you rush through your work, never pausing to catch your breath, you’re likely to make all sorts of mistakes. Then you’ll have to spend time later correcting those mistakes, so the time you gain by hurrying is quickly lost and then exceeded by the toll it takes.

Consider taking a break, clearing your mind and energizing your body. The work will still be there when you get back, and by getting away from it for a while you’ll be in a much better position to handle it effectively.

It’s great to be ambitious and eager to get the job done. Yet there is nothing to be gained by working until you drop.

The more you focus on the deadline itself, the less likely you are to meet it, so put your focus on getting the job done at a steady and sustainable pace. Instead of worrying about running out of time, completely let go of the worry and make calm, deliberate use of the time.

Don’t put yourself behind by attempting to go too far too fast. Move at a pace that enables you to be your best, for that is what will move you ahead most quickly.

— Ralph Marston

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