"Slow and Steady wins the race" isn't about laziness but consistency. Image courtesy of Vlado at freedigitalphotos.net
Some people become more anxious, and are more prone to workaholism, and hand-in-hand, not taking care of themselves in whatever line of work they are in. This also is true for students who do nothing but study.
But isn't this great, you ask? What about that for conscientiousness?
I remember doing cross-country running at school, and the Physical Ed. teacher always said, little, fast steps and 'not to go too fast' at the beginning. I always found that advice to hold me in good stead, but if my efforts exceeded my ability, not just in running but in any field, well at the very best, I didn't achieve as well as I could have. At the worst, I suffered health complications.
We know intuitively if we rush on the road, or multi-task like concurrently using a mobile phone we risk accidents.
In safer environments, some of us can multi-task,
However, the point of this piece of writing is to suggest that
1. Regular work with breaks every 30 minutes for 5 minutes has been shown to be ideal for efficiency. This includes driving, at work of course you are at the mercy of the boss. However, if he or she is open-minded, you can tell them to give you a chance to how you work best. However, I don't wish to undermine individual differences. Some people can work for 3 hours non-stop and I envy them. Others need more than 5 minutes between tasks.
2. Drink plenty of water and eat nutritiously to pace yourself optimally.
3. When learning or becoming accustomed to a new task, start small. If you run 4km, and you're not used to it, start at 1 km, and even walk if you have to.
4. Remember consistency trumps huge surges of efforts followed by break-downs.
5. Get plenty of sleep. For any task, whether physical or mental, pacing yourself means taking good care of yourself.
6. Pacing yourself is easier when you set yourself out a realistic plan of what you will do each day. Realism is important because not reaching your expectations can be discouraging and we don't want you quitting any race.
7. Know how you function best. I realise I have made this sound like a set of rules that apply to everyone. However, a sound piece of advice is don't exceed what you know you can do, but what you do do, be your best!!
8. Despite the picture accompanying this article, I don't wish to portray a 'winner' as someone who comes first in some way. Moreover, be your 'personal best- that's being a winner'. And that means pacing yourself, looking after yourself, and following your wise mind.