Slow Down to Go Faster!

by Jayne Kopp on January 21, 2011

Slow Down

Slow Life Down


Slow down to go faster… my new mantra! Here’s my thought process:

I’ve decided to slow down my online life for a few days so I can pick up speed and be more productive next week.

A mental sabbatical will be a good thing as I’ve got FAR too many irons in the fire. To be honest I feel like I’m flying around like a fart in a wind tunnel… with no way out! It’s a scary place to be and I’m just not used to it. (Excuse the visual! )

I’ve felt this for a few days…well… maybe a couple of weeks! I’m sure some of it is self inflicted – but nevertheless it needs dealing with.

This overactive mind of mine doesn’t stop… (Unfortunately it’s in my genes – I thank my father for that!) I flounder around with grandiose dreams and goals – only to feel bogged down and furious with myself at the end of the day because I’ve conquered very little apart from setting myself up for failure.

Once I read Martin Dales blog post titled “How Organized Are You?” I realized my ‘gob smacking’ shortfall! Thank you Martin for that! I finally said “hey c’mon self get your proverbial act together…you’re falling apart at the seams girl”.

Admittedly I’ve had a lot on my mind lately with losing my cherished friend Dan. I seem to go through waves of normalcy only to swirl down the proverbial “loo” again.

I had to slow down a bit to think things through and actually managed to stay still for long enough to form a decision.

I’ve now decided since the ‘shin dig’ in Dan’s honour, is this weekend I’m going to hang with all of my girlfriends or ‘sister’s from another mother’ so we can all help Dan’s sister Linda and his brother Ken with decorating/setting up the hall to lift and support them.

On the bright side, I’m thinking it will be nice to get together in this awesome little town I grew up in and spend time with my school friends. I have a feeling there will be lots of hugs, tears, reminiscing and of course we’ll have some laughs and have some fun even in light of our loss. Besides Dan would want it no other way.

I feel so frustrated with myself because I’m breaking my own rules. You know the ones I actually try to live by… and I’m so good at preaching …about repelling stress?! Truth is I’ve been stressed to the max… against my better judgement. :-( I guess it proves I’m human. Oh well…at least I’ve recognized it so I’m glad for that… but the egg on my face takes some elbow grease to remove!

For example: I found myself sitting here in front of my laptop frothing at the mouth. Seems a bit daft really. Here I am alone, my kids are at school and I’m panicking about all the things I need to get done yet feel glued to my laptop with brain in neutral and blood pressure in high gear.

The other things getting me down include filing :-( since it’s almost tax time in our neck of the woods, it will be nice to get that out of the way. I’ve also been crying about the way my blog looks for quite a while… so it’s time to at least “plan” a strategy for a face lift, not to mention my need to focus on my half written e-book or it might be outdated by the time I share it! The list does go on… but you get the picture.

Additionally, thanks to my Prove It friends, although I love every second…I’m learning far too much to put into practice immediately!! I’m hoping this break will allow me to document everything I’m learning.

I’ve decided to write a schedule… so starting next week I can manage my blog reading/commenting time, as well as the time I will spend socializing and of course not ignore the ‘marketing” and money making activities. I know from experience having an attainable schedule works wonders however, apparently I’ve let this slide too lately.

Here’s what I’ll be using… it’s a “Blogging Calendar” that you can pick up for FREE with no opt in right HERE: thanks to Kim Castleberry she emailed this a couple of weeks ago. If this is her secret to being such a fearless blogger… Its worth my kick at the can.

Sometimes you have to do this and slow your life down so you can pick up speed because as much as I’d love to be plugging along banging up blog posts 24/7…it just ‘aint happening (Not ‘well’ anyway). I’ve not done a great job at follow up either so this needs addressing ASAP.

It makes no sense to flog a dead horse and I’m sure this will act as a brain drain so next weeks efforts will produce stronger results with a few things behind me.

So my friends, I’m not stopping the world from spinning so I can get off…instead I’m regrouping and taking a ‘working breather’ so I can kick some serious butt next week!

Before I bow out…… I’d like to point out that after I made this decision it took 6 minutes to write this post. :-) I realize it’s not one of my usual “masterpieces” ;-) but it feels good to get it off my chest! How’s that for impressive. It just ‘feels’ right… so I must be on the right track.

I will miss you all but can hardly wait to “wow” you with the ‘funky’ bounce in my step next week!!

Can you relate or do I just sound like a nutter?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Monyelle January 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

Slowing down to take time for ourselves is sometimes the hardest thing to do. We forget that we have to nourish our whole bodies to reach the levels of happiness and success we desire. I was taught this lesson in 2010 and have made a major lifestyle change to never learn the lesson again!

Take care,
Monyelle

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Jayne Kopp January 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

HI Mavis, thanks for the comment. The funeral /shin-dig was a wonderful time – I am sure Dan would have approved. Stepping back to take a mental break was a very good thing. I am looking forward to getting the wheels turning again tomorrow. See you soon! Jayne

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Peter Fuller MBA January 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Hey Jayne

“a fart in a wind tunnel” now that is a new one for me :)

Here is the thing, we become overwhelmed for many reasons and sometimes for very good reasons like your situation.

Peter

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Jayne Kopp January 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Hey Peter, thanks for the comment. You are welcome to use my quips and quotes anytime! I’m told I’m full of them! Just getting ready to fire up again for this week. The break was just the ticket! Thanks, Jayne

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Oliver Tausend January 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

Hi Jayne,

thanks for sharing your insights. Sometimes we have to slow down in order to move forward. Respect the signals you are getting from your body and your intuition. I can relate to what you are saying about having so many irons in the fire. Sounds like a “blue” personality. While I am a “green” personality, I also have “blue” tendencies.

As a matter of fact, “blue” personalities think at least twice as fast as other people. That means, they have twice as many thoughts wandering around in their brain as other people. That can cause stress, absolutely. This is actually an advantage if this energy is directed into the right direction.

Your post is a awesome by the way, and hey, 6 minutes, my congrats.

Take care

Oliver

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Jayne Kopp January 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Hi Oliver, thanks for your comment. I have always leaned toward the Green/Blue personality. After all I do have a Globe in my office! I guess it’s because I thoroughly check things out… mind you I dont go overboard. I didn’t know the ‘blues’ were full of ideas. I will have to revisit my colors CD. I love that don’t you? Thanks Oliver – talk soon… just getting the wheels turning again ~Jayne~

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Mavis Nong @ Free Marketing Training January 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hi Jayne,

You’re definitely on the right track, my Prove It friend. Wow, writing a post in 6 minutes!

Well done for sharing your thoughts here, sometimes it helps to get things off your chest, we are only human.

And taking a break to recharge your batteries works like a charm.

Hope everything goes well with funeral. You need to comfort each other now.

Can’t wait to see you in action next week, Jayne! :)

All the best,
Mavis

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