Give it a Minute

In a lot of my work, I tend to get caught up in the idea of efficiency. I want to get things done well in as little time as possible. This type of work style is useful at showing my employers and supervisors how committed and hardworking I am, but sometimes it can cause a loss of creativity. Other times, when things can’t be done right away, or a decision has to wait until more information is available, this mindset can cause me a lot of stress.

I am officially moving in 8 days, which hasn’t quite hit me yet. As I continue to pack my belongings into suitcases, the fact that my room will cease to be my space and become inhabited by the rest of my family has been itching at the back of my mind. The stress of leaving behind everything that is familiar to me has contributed a lot to my general levels of anxiety.

I’ve been taking on more work, more ballet classes, and more little tasks around my house to keep my mind off of things. However, as I try to avoid the approaching date, I find that time seems to be moving very slowly. I try to speed it up by replying to my emails quickly and getting my work in before the deadline, but I have failed to recognize that those I work with aren’t experiencing the same kind of expediency caused by stress.

For the past week, I’ve been waiting on making a decision about something. I needed some time, some counseling, and some more information before I could decide. This decision upset both my family and me as it conflicted with some prior commitments I made. So, I held off from doing anything about it until I could get the info I needed. It was difficult for me to not act on my options immediately, but holding out was definitely the right thing to do.

Patience often reaps more benefits than impulse. It is probably better to get your work in ASAP and be as efficient as possible, but I have learned that this is not the case with making commitments. You should ponder your choices and gather as much information as possible before choosing between your options. Unless you’re sure of what you want to do, you should wait until you feel confident in your decision. I know I’m glad I did.


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