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Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes

Fast Everything

From Amazon to Mcdonalds, the need for speed is well known. Efficient services thrive in the modern age, where the french fries are timed to be ready in a few seconds for the ever-impatient consumer.

Patience is no longer a virtue as these billion/trillion dollar companies have their entire business models on being fast.

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Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes

Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes

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The Slowness Rage

Being passively angry while walking due to others being slower than you is a thing. It is called ‘Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome’ and has many degrees of behaviour, each more violent than the other.

Slowness rage is also found when one is driving, or when a web page is loading, or if the grocery line is, well, slow.

Slow Life Is A Problem

Slow things are slowly driving us crazy. Society is now on a fast pace, and this has wrapped our sense of timing.

The accelerating pace of society has set off a cycle, resetting our internal timers. Rage for others who are slow eventually sabotages our timers. This is a downward spiral, where will power doesn’t work, and can even be detrimental.

Impatience: The New Virtue

Evolution has given us impatience. We are given the impulse to act, to choose, to abandon or to chase something else, in the limited time we have, instead of spending time in a single unrewarding or slow activity.

Taking into account the speed of communication that is now 10 million times faster than before, and human movement, which is now 100 times faster, we can see society picking up speed and becoming increasingly impatient.

Fast Everything

From Amazon to Mcdonalds, the need for speed is well known. Efficient services thrive in the modern age, where the french fries are timed to be ready in a few seconds for the ever-impatient consumer.

Patience is no longer a virtue as these billion/trillion dollar companies have their entire business models on being fast.

Being Present

Research shows that being in the present without the avalanche of thoughts, is the way out of this impatience cyclone. For those who cannot meditate, gratitude towards what we have works just as good.

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  • Relationship-Oriented or Facilitating Leaders: Those fostering teamwork and empowerment of the team members to come to a solution.

The best managers are a combination of the two behaviours and are able to build a level of patience that helps them stay calm even in a crisis situation.

"Slow Is Smooth And Smooth Is Fast"

The U.S. Navy SEALS follow the maxim Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast, a product of their sixty years of experience in crisis situations, which means that acting fast does not necessarily lead to an effective solution.

It is crucial to be methodical, patient and to focus on reducing the time it takes to deliver value, instead of confusing operational speed with strategic speed. This involves going back to the drawing board and using the added experience to redesign the process of delivering value.

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Addiction to information
Addiction to information, to the infinite and immediately available mental stimulation the internet offers in the form of information is real and is a perfect outlet for procrastination...
Neuroplasticity

... is how the brain changes (for better or worse) in response to repeated experience: the things we do often we become stronger at, and what we don't use fades away.

Learn yourself out of procrastination
  • Accept that you are going to procrastinate sometimes
  • Disconnect from your smartphone. Otherwise, it will demand your attention subconsciously 
  • Be mindful with your emotions when you catch yourself procrastinating
  • Focus on one thing at a time, to avoid feeling overwhelmed
  • Take breaks
  • Celebrate your accomplishments.

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Mindful Wakeup
Mindful Wakeup

First thing in the morning:

  • Close your eyes and connect with the sensations of your seated body.
  • Take three long, deep, nourishing breaths—breathing in through your nose and out ...
Mindful Eating
  • Breathe before eating. 
  • Listen to your body and measure your hunger.
  • Eat according to your hunger. You can more mindfully choose what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. 
  • Practice peaceful eating. It’s not easy to digest or savor your food if you aren’t relaxed.
  • If you don’t love it, don’t eat it. Make a mindful choice about what to eat based on what you really enjoy.
Mindful Pause
  • Trip over what you want to do. If you intend to do some yoga or to meditate, put your yoga mat or your meditation cushion in the middle of your floor.
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  • Create new patterns. You could try a series of “If this, then that” messages to create easy reminders to shift into slow brain.

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How your brain handles data
Your rational brain can process about six bits of data at once.

For example, in a meeting, you could be processing:

  1. what happened in your last meeting with her;
When you're stressed

If during a meeting, you perceive an emotional threat, your brain will release stress hormones that will attempt to remove complexity from the situation. These stress chemicals will flush out bits of data that seem unimportant.

If just one bit of data is flushed out of your rational brain, you will be left with 120 options. (5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 120). It effectively means that you just lost 600 possibilities.

Higher-order thinking 

When your creative, higher-order thinking fades due to stress, all you are left with is binary thinking; Yes-no, now-or-never thinking. This makes it impossible to be innovative or to engage in any form of value creation.

You can get back to the 720 possibilities by restoring your higher-order thinking.

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Being proficient at anything at full speed takes the willingness and patience to first go slowly, literally and figuratively.

 Any professional athlete will tell you that the ritualistic nature of slowing down your craft is the key to success in that craft. You have to walk before you can run.

Words Only Have the Power We Give Them

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  • Step #4: Identify Blockers: When we first set our goals we are super optimistic and filled with hope–and that’s great. One thing that happens, however, is we fail to identify possible blockers.
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Impatience

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Big splashes don’t happen. We have to remind ourselves of that whenever we’re impatient. 

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Our perception of time is subjective

How long an hour, a week, or a year feels is something that changes all the time.

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Why early years seem longer
  • As we become adults, we tend to take on more time commitments. As our work and domestic lives stabilize, the years increasingly resemble each other. This creates the sense that less “living” happens each year.
  • Children usually have no time commitments; they're told what to do. They also form higher-quality memories (sharper and more lasting), making early years seem so full.
Being present in the moment
  • As adults, we spend much of the time on autopilot, with most of our attention on past, future, or hypothetical moments.
  • As children we’re immersed in present moment, which creates long, vivid days, with many more touchpoints for memory and appreciation.

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