Let’s imagine for a moment that you’ve just collected your mail for the day.
As you pull the assorted envelopes and papers out of your box, you pause briefly to flip through the stack. Your eyes light on a colorful envelope with a handwritten address and your heart rate slightly increases with anticipation because you recognize that writing; it’s from someone you love. Memories of shared experiences with that person flood your brain and everything else in your world now ceases to exist until you’ve opened that envelope and read its contents word for word.
We tend to approach our work in the same way we get the mail: haphazardly and rushed. Somedays we barely have time to collect the post at all. When we do, we cram our arms full of the papers, fliers and envelopes spilling out of the box, casually flipping through them to see if anything stands out.
What if every project is a handwritten letter from someone you love and not a stuffed box of junk mail?
When we slow down we see the details that being in a hurry overlooks. Seeing details enables us to create solutions, to simplify processes, and to be an owner of that process, rather than a victim of a system.
There is plenty of time to accomplish all you wish to accomplish.
When was the last time you received a hand-written note or letter from someone? When did you last write and mail one to someone else?
Write a love note and snail mail it.
See the details in your projects and simplify your systems.
Give yourself and someone you love the gift of slowing down.