"Slow down, you move too fast. You've got to make the morning last. Just skippin' down the cobblestones. Lookin' for fun and feelin' groovy!" --Simon and Garfunkel
"Have patience, have patience. Don't be in such a hurry! When you get impatient, you only start to worry." --from The Music Machine
Sometimes I catch myself rushing to get places (especially when I'm late) or hurrying tasks to move on to the next. I have been noticing this in myself and want to slow down and be more mindful in my work.
I found this little survey in a back issue of Real Simple and found it quite interesting.
Rate how well each of the following sentences describes you--perfectly (2), somewhat (1), or not at all (0)--then add up your answers to find out if you're moving too fast for your own good.
I always eat too fast.
I talk rapidly.
I often put words into other people's mouths.
I find it frustrating if people speak too slowly.
I almost always feel pressed for time.
I don't like to linger over a meal.
I often feel harried at work.
I often push the "close door" button on elevators.
I can feel my blood pressure climb in slow checkout lanes.
I follow the car in front of me closely when driving.
I sometimes push the "walk" button at intersections repeatedly.
I get very frustrated when people are late.
I often do two things at once to save time.
I get restless if I have to sit still.
I feel as if I am wasting time if I do only one thing at a time.
I get crazy when people ahead of me are walking too slowly.
24-32: Your fast ways are very likely compromising your health and well-being.
16-23: You're a borderline speedaholic. You'd enjoy life more if you dialed back.
0-15: Bravo! You're taking life at a moderate pace.
So, what was your score? When do you most catch yourself in a hurry?