Two types of busy

Sometimes when you’ve got a lot on your plate, it’s like carrying a whole bootful* of shopping from the car to your door. You dramatically speed up in order to hasten the moment when you can put the burden down and sigh with relief.

*other parts of the world call the boot “the trunk” instead. I am a cross-cultural educator!

Sometimes when you’ve got a lot on your plate, it’s like carrying a slightly over-full cup of tea. You dramatically slow down in order to move more smoothly and keep all the tea in the cup.

The key is knowing when to run, and when to glide.

I know that I need to slow down when I start dropping things: forgetting details, making simple errors, losing the thread in a conversation.

I know I need to speed up when I have one big project that’s finished percolating, and is ready to get done, already.

When do you slow down and speed up? And how do you cope in those times when you have to move fast with a full cup of tea?

Tell us in the comments!

photo by: canorus

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