Get More Done by Slowing Down

Sometimes, to get more done, you have to do less.

This concept doesn’t make sense in U.S. corporate-culture, because we worker bees are taught to keep flying from flower to flower, picking up more pollen for the stockholders, and work harder, faster, smarter, and more and more.

Operating this way doesn’t necessarily mean that we ordinary people – the worker bees upon which the parasite (“elite”) class depend – get ahead in our own lives. It just means that we are tired from working all the time, our constant activity and productivity benefiting select others, not ourselves.

But it’s important to remember that we are human beings, not “workers,” not bees, not employees, and as human beings we have individual lives to life – lives in which we have goals and dreams, hopes and aspirations, creative ability with which to fashion a means to reach those goals, dreams, hopes, and aspirations.

We are human beings, not mega-corporations, and we need to live and act like human beings, not robots. We need time to think, wonder, questions, ponder, imagine and, most importantly, rest. Moon Rising, art print by Steve Henderson. Click on the image to be taken to the page where you can purchase the print.

But because we do not get lucrative contracts and tax breaks from the government, nor hobnob with the powerful, we generally have to go about things the hard, slow way, working very hard for each advancement that we make. Frequently it feels as if we don’t have enough time to do all the things we could possibly do to make the next step.

And realistically, we don’t.

That’s why we need to slow down. There will always be something new to put on our list, a fresh idea to try, another element to incorporate into our schedule. If we don’t watch it, we will add, and add, and add more things to what we do, to the point that we have no time to think, reflect, pause, contemplate, wonder, and yes, just rest. This opposite side of the wheel, so to speak, is necessary to maintain balance and equilibrium.

When we pursue our dreams, we’re not working to enrich a corporation, we’re working to enrich our own lives. And enriching our lives involves deep thought, mental and physical relaxation, and seeking a place and state of calm. Until we do so, we’re just flying from flower to flower.

Thank you for joining me at This Woman Writes.  I incorporate the artwork of my husband, Steve Henderson, with thoughts on truth, goodness, life, light, and hope. Click on the image in the article to purchase prints or products featuring the artwork. Find all of Steve’s prints at

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About This Woman Writes

Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. She writes about life, art, and the art of life.
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