What’s the hurry? You did this task a thousand times and still you’re in a panic. The mole hill looms like a mountain. What should be a routine has become an emergency. You have become a fire-fighter and the fire keeps getting bigger.
Of course, we feel pressure from others: the project was supposed to be done weeks ago, the report is due on Monday and the boss is not happy. Dinner is not ready. So many things to do and so little time. Maybe one needs to take a time management course.
Creating schedules and developing plans can make you more efficient in organizing your day and coordinating with others. However, the sense of panic and need to rush are not simply the outcome of a poorly managed schedule. It all has to do with the mind and how it works best.
Once we have acquired the habit of always rushing, we are in effect reducing the mind to a beast of burden. The result is that we make more mistakes and we may miss the most important details because we are moving so quickly that nothing can register. The mind can do much more than a pack animal but only if you make a serious attempt at overcoming the habit of rushing through things.
Slow down! Simply by slowing down, your mental vision will improve. You will begin to see solutions that never occurred to you before. In fact, it is only when you slow down that you can come up with more efficient ways of doing things. By slowing down the mind settles into its own element, and there is nothing faster than the mind in its own element.