“I have no time to be in a hurry.”— Henry David Thoreau
When I was a child, I often heard talk of “the lazy days of summer.” I haven’t heard that phrase in a very long time. Indeed, summer seems more hectic than any other season, with vacations, activities and daily obligations packed so tightly that the time slips away before we accomplish half of what we had planned.
It’s no use getting into a rush, though. At least it’s not for me; I make more mistakes and get even farther behind when I try to do more than I’m capable of doing within a certain period of time. And the stress of running behind, trying to make up lost time, is almost unbearable. In my case, haste really does make waste.
My challenge is having a poor grasp of time and how long things will take. Thus I pack way more ambition into my plans than would be realistic for a time slot twice as long as the one I’m dealing with. The only way around this I have found is to leave huge cushions of time whenever I’m planning anything. It feels like sloppy planning until the time arrives, during which I normally STILL run out of time, even with a generous allowance built in. I keep hoping I’ll get better at planning, because just as Thoreau says, I really have no time for hurry.
Whatever you have planned today, or this week, or the remainder of the summer, don’t be afraid to SLOW DOWN if things start spinning past you too quickly!