by Geir Berthelsen
“The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.” –Einstein
Is it possible in today’s superfast world to live slow? Would I be able to keep my job? Provide a good living for my family? Does being ‘slow’ mean low efficiency, low effectiveness?
-- The Industrial Revolution gave us many good things, among them the ability to create large, great cities and feeding enough people to populate them.
But in its aftermath our culture has developed a core focus based on the consumer and not the person as the individual.
As a consequence we have adopted a corporate mind-set which is long on quantity, short on quality, and even shorter on slowness. Read more: click here: CNN
What happens if we only measure productivity using chronological time (linear time)? Do we always then become busy? Busy doing what?
Here is an ancient SlowStory explaining the challenge of “busy doing what”:
“There was a farmer that was in need for hiring a lumberjack. Finally he was able to hire a lumberjack. The first day at work the lumberjack was able to cut down 30 trees. The farmer was very happy with his performance. He continued with the same performance for some days until he suddenly dropped down to 15 trees a day. The farmer started to worry, what is happening?
He finally decided to go and talk to the lumberjack. He asked the lumberjack why do you cut fewer trees now. He answered: The ax has become blunt. The farmer then asked: Why do you not grind the ax .The lumberjack answered: I do not have time to grind the ax because I am too busy cutting down trees.”
Ask any major sportsman, formula 1 driver, downhill skier or speed skater. If you want to be good at what you are doing, be able to perform the tasks fast. You would need to know how it is performed in “slow motion”
For businessmen it is also important to benefit from slowness in the way that if you do not take time out for reflection and slowness (reflect on how things are in slowmotion) you will not only be less productive but you will be hazardous to your environment. There is a reason that for example pilots, train drivers etc have a limited number of hours they can work. It is the same in business it is just that it is more difficult to see a especially if you are in the middle of the rat race!
We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness;
We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet
the new neighbor.
We build more computers to hold more
information to produce more copies then ever,
but have less communication;
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods
but slow digestion;
Tall men but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It's a time when there is much in the window,
but nothing in the room.
The 14th Dalai Lama
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What is a DEADLINE?
It orginates from the american cicvil war:
Confederate captain Walter Bowie wrote: "On the inside of the stockade and twenty feet from it there is a dead-line established, over which no prisoner is allowed to go, day or night, under penalty of being shot."
Do you have a deadline? How does it feel?
everything worth doing is worth doing slowly!