How to slow down, to speed up

Surprisingly, the 2016 census found that the length of the working week for most Australians hasn’t increased since 2011. And yet, most of us feel pressed for time and with an electronic device in each hand it can feel as though we never quite switch off from work.

With ‘busy’ being the new catch-cry, it can be hard to slow down and reflect.

As the author Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

Making sustained progress is about the frequency of the effort, which means pacing yourself is important.

It reminds me of the old Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Written hundreds of years ago, it still has applicability in the modern context.

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