The hustle culture uses speed to measure performance. How fast can you ship a new product? How many prospective clients can you call in an hour?

While it may seem counterintuitive, slowing down may lead to clearer thinking and be a faster way to achieve your goals.

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An ode to slowness: the benefits of slowing down

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Go slower to go further

By slowing down, you can build three key pillars you can rely on.

  • Intentionality: When we focus on speed, we may stay stuck in a path that may be inefficient. Slowing down allows us to execute our plans intentionally.
  • Quality: Doing things slower means we can pay attention to the quality of the output.
  • Sustainability: Consistent effort over time is more sustainable than running out of steam after a sprint.

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Food: Studies suggest eating fast is linked to obesity. Eating slow is associated with lower hunger and lower calorie intake in healthy people.

Communication: We become present and more empathic when we slow down.

Fashion: Slow fashion is more ethical and sustainable. Shop less often and focus on timeless designs that are of better quality.

Exercise: Low impact, moderate-intensity exercises such as yoga and walking effectively lower the risk of heart disease.

Decision-making: Quick-thinking may lead to a bad decision. Slowing down allows us to be more deliberate.

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