Slow Down

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 14, 2010


My meeting with the director of the Harbourside Organic Farmer’s Market went well! I was pretty anxious about the meeting beforehand, like I always am before meetings. When will I learn that things are not as scary as I imagine them to be?


Susan got a box of Glo Bars to sample and take to the board members.


She also got a sample of my up and coming Gluten-free and Raw Glo Bar.

The market sounds perfect for my Glo Bars. It is a smaller market, but it features organic vendors. It sounds like there is going to be a wonderful mix of farmer’s and bakeries too! I am told it is the type of market where you really get to know your customers and develop great relationships with them. Often the farmer’s know their customers by name too!



I have a lot to do now! My next step is to fill out the vendor application and submit all of the required documents. If the board approves me, I have to purchase a 10’x10’ canopy tent, a 6’ table, design marketing materials/signs, and HIRE some help! We also have to figure out the logistics of how to get the table, tent, and boxes of bars to the market each week (will they fit in our compact cars?) all before June 19th!

Breathe, Ange, breathe! ;)

A perfect lead in for my next hot topic…

Slow Down



First a couple questions for you…

  • How many times a day are you doing several things at once?
  • How many times a day are you just focusing on ONE task?
  • How many times do you try to do things as fast as possible and when you finally stop you notice that you are on edge or holding your breath?

[My answers: All the time, rarely, all the time.]

This week I came across a great article on the Huffington Post called 10 Ways To Bring Meaning Into Your Life by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. The article talks about the importance of slowing down in our lives. Many of us live each day at mach speed as if we are racing against the clock. Don’t get me wrong, getting things accomplished and crossed off the To-Do list is a great feeling, but do we always have to go about it at such a frantic pace?



Goldstein’s article was a breath of fresh air for me. Since I have been back from vacation, I have been playing the catch up game.

Any time that I feel that I am behind in my work, I automatically feel a sense of internal urgency.

I work as fast as I can to catch up and this often leaves me feeling stressed and tense, both of which we know are not good for productivity and creativity.

I loved the tips in this article and I decided that I would start today and try out a couple! Today I tried the following:

1. Slow Down

Goldstein says,For five minutes: Whatever you are doing, just do it slightly slower. At work, we are all given tasks to do. One time per day, for five minutes, do that task a little bit slower. Do not do the task in slow motion, or take breaks from the task, simply do it a little bit slower.”



Simple yet genius, right?

I Tried It:

I decided to try this for five minutes as I was doing my shipping and customs paper work this morning.

For US shipping I have a lot of paperwork and electronic files to submit before I can even print the shipping label. I need to do a FDA Prior Notice, a commercial invoice, a business invoice, and a shipping label all for just one US parcel. My current system right now is quite frantic- I am going at mach speed, filling out different forms all at once. It is not a pretty sight at times.

Today, I decided to take 5 minutes and ‘slow down’. Instead of filling out multiple forms at once, I would tackle one at a time and finish it before moving onto the next form.

VERDICT: This worked great! I felt calm, collected, in control, and I didn’t dread the task as much as I usually do. I even put some music on in the background to make the task more pleasant. I found that it went much better and I don’t think my productivity was compromised (albeit improved!). Instead of 5 minutes, I ended up doing the entire session at this relaxed pace and I felt like my sanity was intact.

2) Shower in the moment.



Goldstein says, ‘Take a bath or shower. Preferably a bath if you have one, but even with a shower, you can take your moment in the shower or bath to feel the warmth of the water or feel how your body is immersed in the water. How does your skin feel? Do you notice any smells? Is your hair wet? Just be in the moment and notice all your senses … breathe.”

I tried it:

I’m guilty of thinking about anything and everything while in the shower. I am always rattling off my to-do list in my mind and often, I am in a big rush. This morning I told myself that I would not think about my to-do list, worries, or what was going on in my life. I would simply just be in the moment and use the shower as a rejuvenating experience rather than another ‘to-do’ on the list. I also used it as an opportunity to breathe deep and engage in a mini meditation. It was much more enjoyable this way!

For the rest of Elisha Goldstein’s tips see here. You may also like my recent hot topic post on the dangers of multi-tasking called ‘Jack of all trades, master of none?’

Today’s questions- Do you often feel a sense of urgency to get tasks accomplished? Do you feel tense during the day because you try to do so many things at once? Do you rush things- like eating?

It is my goal to to do things more MINDFULLY– including eating! I am guilty of eating too fast and not giving myself enough time to sit and enjoy the experience.


We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today.  I don’t think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great.  If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.  ~Art Buchwald

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Jenny April 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I love that – “When Will i learn things aren’t as scary as i think of them to be?” I need to remember that a lot!!! I find if I just stop and breathe, I realize that I can do it!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I can’t tell you how many times I have been worked up or anxious about something and then afterwards I was like WOW that wasn’t bad at all! Silly anxiety…


Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Oh gosh, I am SO bad about that!


Rachel @ Suburban Yogini April 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Have you read In Praise of Slow by Carl Honore? I highly recommend it. Lots of stuff to think about regarding slowing down all aspects of your life. I especially like the bit about the Slow Food Movement. Just don’t read it too fast!


[email protected] Two Lives, One Lifestyle April 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Let’s see, as I read this entry that I clicked on in Twitter, while I wait for some simulations to run for my thesis project (6 files open on my computer right now), and intermittently chatting on Gchat? I’d say this was good timing :). One thing I do at night is make a to-do list for the next day so I can get to sleep and enjoy my morning, with a plan already in hand. I’m guilty of reading blogs while I eat breakfast though!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 8:17 pm

haha sounds familiar… ;)


nut April 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm

thanks for the article link..i will read it later tonight when have more chance.


Rosa April 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Yay! I’m glad your business is taking off. Come to the US too~ :)

I guess I do a gazillion things at once all the time. But I’ve been less busy lately so I’ve been trying to slow down!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I am always anxious and have an urgency to do everything. I need to read this over and over!


janetha April 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

these are some great tips! thanks for the reminder to slow down and BREATHE


Chloe (Naturally Frugal) April 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Ha, I also do a zillion things at once and can’t keep my mind from racing. Its the worst at night, but I’ve figured out that counting backwards from 1000 leaves me drifting off to sleep pretty quickly. I really have to focus on only counting though, and nothing else.
These are all great tips, I am definitely going to try implementing some in my daily routine!


Alison April 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I think the term is “mach speed” and I’m so guilty of it but for different reasons…I spend time checking facebook, looking at blogs and twitter and THEN realize I only have X amount of time let to get done the tasks I promised myself I’d finish for the day.
I really liked her shower tip!
Best of luck with the farmer’s market – I bet your booth will be adorable!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Yes, all the time, even now. Most days I feel like 24 hours is not enough–not even close. Multitasking is the way I get things done. But maybe I’ll try the shower tip. I guess there I can spare a minute!


Nikki T April 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Good Luck on your entry to the Organic Market- it would be great to get a spot at a market that really gets to know it’s customers…that’s what markets should be about anyway!

I wish I lived in Ontario- I’d love to work at the market for Glo Bakery!!

Great article on slowing down. Thanks for sharing it!


Lisa April 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

What a great topic. I find myself going, going, going and never stopping. I am always moving or multi-tasking and I never rest! No wonder I have anxiety!


Carly @ The Road To Health April 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I am totally the same way when it comes to a nerve wracking meeting, I always build it up too much and then feel great about it after because it wasn’t so bad at all! I always tell myself to try and remember that for next time, but I get so nervous anyways! ha ha. GREAT post Angela! Lots of wise advice to remember :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I tell myself that everytime too, but no matter how many times I do, I still feel the same way! It’s annoying. Some day… ;)


Kelly April 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm

My answers – all day long, never, a lot.

Right now I have 8 internet windows open, 7 IM’s, 3 spreadsheets and 6 other programs running… and this is a slow day :) I also can’t do regular weightlifting sets because I can’t stand the rest in between, I have to do circuits or supersets.

I believe it’s how I’m successful at life though, stress, pressure and deadlines seem to get the greatest output from me.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

hhaha I frequently have at least 20 windows or documents open at once.


Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm

What a great post :) I too normally have mutiple things on the go – so taking a break (or a shower) sounds like a good suggestion!


Jil April 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I’m always anxious before big stuff…I cope better now though. I just keep reminding myself…they’re just people…they’re just people. :) Also, glad your meeting went well! – They’d be lucky to have you!

I agree – we need to sit back and enjoy our lives more.


Megan @ The Ugly Nutrition Truth April 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Great post, and wonderful quote! One of my faves too. :)


Laura H. April 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Since my days are often hectic and overloaded, one practice that I make myself stick to is actually sitting down at the table to eat breakfast with no TV, computer, book, etc. These aren’t necessarily long, leisurely meals but it does allow me to focus on what I’m eating and I use it as a time to quiet my mind before the day starts.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I do that too, for 80-90% of my meals and it helps a lot.


Stacey April 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Everything will come together for the farmers market. Use your resources around you such as friends and family. I’m sure they would love to help you and be involved.


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I have pre-meeting nerves too and the worst are before a job interview. I have a few coming up and my stomach is totally in knots about it. Thanks for these tips!


Heather (Heather's Dish) April 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm

oh, i totally go through all kinds of stress and anxiety…just the title of this post made me stop and take a quick breath! way to go on rockin’ the farmer’s market meeting!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm

oh goodness me . . . I’m currently eating a snack, putting songs on my ipod, reading posts, and thinking about what order I should get back to work in (clean my desk, go for a run, do homework). All of that after a twelve hour day that started at 5am.

I feel like this post is SPEAKING to me!


Steph April 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Just so you know, it’s actually “Mach” speed, not “mock” speed.


Lauren April 14, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I would SOOO work for you!!! :) I wish I lived closer! Actually, I will drive down every weekend just to do that…you know, if you were wondering. ;) lol

PLUS, I am thinking about doing the Try-a-tri in Milton!!! :)


Chantal April 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Guilty! Just as I was reading your section about slowing down, I realized I was doing 3 things at the same time… Congrats on getting out to the board meeting, I’m sure it’ll work out great and the farmers’ market sounds awesome!


Laura April 14, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Saw this hilarious waterproof notepad – just in case you need it for your to-do lists and great ideas that come to you in the shower!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

omg I want that…I neeeeed that lol


Allison @ Food For Healing April 14, 2010 at 6:04 pm

congrats on the farmers market stuff, thats an awesome opportunity.
i love relaxing during a shower. Its one of the best times to just turn off everything running through your head and just enjoy a hot shower, or a nice bubble bath!


Lisa April 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Man oh man do I EVER know about the art of doing too many things at once. I’m currently in my fourth year of my anthropology BA and am constantly rushing to finish papers, do course readings, study for exams etc. This mentality of rushing bleeds into the rest of my life, where I speed up my exercise, and – I totally agree with you here – speed up the pace at which I eat my meals.

I will definitely give the shower technique a try, as I’m about to have one. Thanks for the tips!


eatdrinkandbemerrynyc April 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I love the tips and congrats on all of your incredible, continued successes. You are SO inspirational!!!


Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES April 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm

oooh yes. i feel like i live in a sense of urgency. which is kind of crazy since im self-employed. actually, i guess that’s at the root of a lot of why i need to be on top of myself… read the article and loved it.

ooh and that first pic is SO depressing! clearly taken in NYC haha


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I agree…I always thought being self-employed I would be much more relaxed, but I have come to realize that it is not the job that determines your mindset- it is your personality and how you handle things. I am working on changing my approach!


Julia @ British Bride April 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Loving your post today. I too am trying to live more mindfully – hence cutting out false stimulants like alcohol. Wrote about this today actually. Good luck in your quest.


jodie April 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Congrats on all your hard work. I am so happy you are making Raw bars now, I can’t wait to taste it. I had a really bad Raw bar experience a few a weeks ago. :(


Jolene April 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I try to enjoy every moment of eating, showering, and other little things like that. I do not rush, and I try to think about what I am doing. I have always taken time to enjoy, and be in the moment.

I rarely multi-task … I focus on one thing at a time. This gets to be challenging while working full time, blogging, taking 3 classes, writing a thesis, studying for GREs, being a wife, and having a social life … but I try my best!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 8:21 pm

So it IS possible??! :) Hope for me yet…


John April 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I only have urgency to get things done when I procrastinate which seems to be a lot :-)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm

A fabulous and inspiring post Ang!

I tend to eat dinner while commenting on posts with the tv on looking at my to-do list on my whiteboard seeing what else I need to accomplish that day.

I do get a lot done. People in my studio are amazed at my efficiency but I’m super wound up!


AGS April 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm

This is interesting to me. I find that focusing in on one task is more efficient and produces a better product.


Carolyn April 14, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I’m so glad you’ve been able to slow down! Isn’t it a nice feeling when you realize you don’t HAVE to be doing a ton of things all at once for everything to get done? =)

I also hope your leg/groin area is feeling better, and that you can go for a run tomorrow!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Thanks Carolyn! :)
It is nice realizing that the world will not collapse if I don’t get everything done. Sometimes it feels that way, but I am trying to change my urgency and do one thing at a time.


Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) April 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Wow, that article is fantastic! I definitely need to work on just being in the moment and focusing on one thing. I get into loose-cannon-scattershot mode too easily sometimes, and it’ll stress me out for no reason. Ah, for the love of zen!


Kelsey April 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

sometimes i forget to chew my food when im stressed and rushed. ive learnt that when im really on the go i need to take 10 min at meal time.. close the door (if im in a room) and just sit in silence and re-group before continuing. otherwise i get an upset stomach and when i get home i jsut crash on sugar. im sure lots of people are like this.


Cynthia (It All Changes) April 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Congrats on possibly going to the farmer’s market. I wish we had your bars in my farmer’s market :-)

I have to remind myself to slow down a lot. I get so busy that I forget I need to breathe.


Sarah April 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Congrats on the farmer’s market!!

Slowing down is incredibly difficult. I’m always thinking about what else I could be doing with that time which is why I’m horrible at meditation. I blame all the pressures placed on our generation and the work work work mentality… to maximize the profit while minimizing production time.

Thanks for the encouragement to stop and breathe :)


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life April 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Oh man, multi-tasking is my middle name! I’m ALWAYS doing more than one thing at a time, and usually if I’m trying to just do one thing, I start to feel incredibly anxious like I’m not doing enough! That’s something I’ve really got to work on…just step back and smell the roses (or just one rose at a time) :)


Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary April 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I wish I did it a little less than I do… I tend to pack as much as possible in. Always wishing for a few more hours in the day…

Love this post :) Thanks Ange!


Lauren April 14, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Love it Angela! Life is flying by so fast. We need to hold onto every moment and savor it. Especially you! You’ve come so far and had so much success. Enjoy and be so proud of yourself! There are so many that would give anything to be in your position :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Thank you for your kind words :)


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I’d rather not slow down in the shower. It’s just a waste of water and gas (for heating the water). I love a fast shower.


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I don’t interpret it as taking longer showers, just more mindful showers :)


Eunice April 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I love that article! Thank you for posting it. I am so, so guilty of doing a billion things at once. I think it’s partly due to the fast paced world we live in. Everything is so immediate and sometimes I feel like I can’t do enough to keep up. Even right now as I’m “relaxing” I’m watching TV, reading blogs, checking Facebook, etc. I think I’m going to log off now lol.


Rachel April 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Hey, wanted to tell you I just found your blog and I love it!!

And while I don’t find myself holding my breath when I’m stressed, I do clench my jaw. And then all of a sudden I notice that I have a headache or my jaw hurts, and I have to consciously unclench it. This has been the beginning of a lot of migraines!


Samantha (Foodedu) April 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm


I found your blog today and have gone through some of your archived posts. I am really able to identify with your weight loss story–your posts are so honest and real, and I felt like I was reading about myself. Although I am not vegetarian or vegan, I love your healthy living message! Best of luck to you and your bars at the Farmers Market. I have seen your bars on other blogs and never knew where they came from!


Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind April 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Actually, I usually feel SO compelled to do SO much…that I do nothing. I get myself so worked up about tackling EVERY item on my To Do List, that I start dreading even starting, so I don’t.

It’s the all-or-nothing mentality. Something I really need to work on!


maria April 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Yes, yes, yes! I am always doing a million things at once, but every once in a while I like to take a few minutes to just be. To just breathe and clear my mind. It’s so helpful for me and really pulls me back to reality. :)


Lizz @ leadingthegoodlife April 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm

My girlfriend is a firefighter so they are always on edge – you never know when a call will come in! Because of this, she eats soooo quickly. Sometimes when she and I are eating together I start feeling like we’re in a rush because she just wolfs down her food! I have to remind her to slow down. She agrees that when she takes her time at meals she eats more reasonable portions and feels much better afterwards!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm

My brother is a fire fighter and I can relate to that a lot!


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow April 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm

This article comes at such a good time. I was reading today through my wellness coaching training book and one of the major focus topics during this program was the practice of being mindful.

Being mindful in your moments throughout the day. Not only do I focus on that before coaching someone but I try to be more mindful so I can savor my moments, really experience them! This takes SUCH practice I tell ya! We are programmed to move at warp speed, rarely taking a breath let alone smell the flowers! :)

But I will say this, the more I focus on being mindful and slowing down- the more I enjoy the simple, perfect moments each day. This has created a very cool sense of gratitude for me.


Dana April 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I find your posts come at the funniest timings! When I read your post on quinoa curry the other day I had just made one. And then this post came right after I watched a short clip on slowing down called “Just Stop and Think” – by one of my favourite authors, Francis Chan
Hope you are feeling 100% soon! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Total Blogger ESP ;)


Jenn April 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Multi-tasking, adding one more item to the to do list, packing my “free” day with as much stuff to get done as possible so that I can have an “extra minute” later….Guilty.
Even guilty of this frenetic pace when running. I have been working on scanning myself to make sure that I am enjoying my run and focusing only on that run. Sometimes I enjoy letting my mind wander if it gets tough, but otherwise most of the time, I focus on how I am feeling, from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment so much more after!
Now, just to take some of those tips and try them during my normal day!


Carrie (Love Healthy Living) April 14, 2010 at 10:02 pm

You are doing so awesome and you are living your dream! So, be sure and enjoy the journey. You are going to rock the farmer’s markets, I know it. Can we get your bars at my market in California?


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Does a free, one-way ticket come included with that offer??? :)


AGS April 14, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I used to multitask constantly (and still do at times), but not I tend to work in focused spurts on specific tasks (20-30 minutes on a task, switch to another, then to another, etc.). I find that I gain momentum from seeing things get done, and systematically making progress keeps me in a positive frame of mind, rather than flipping back and forth. Still, I find I don’t have much time to eat during the day, and if I do eat, it’s horribly rushed and uncomfortable. So I schedule a couple of 10-15 minute breaks into my day with a decent snack/hot tea, rather than a single lunch period.


Diana April 15, 2010 at 2:55 am

So glad your meeting went well! :)


Therese April 15, 2010 at 6:29 am

Thank you for this post, Angela! I work full time, go to university part time and try to manage 5-6 days of exercise a week on top of family and social life. I am ALWAYS running all over the place and recently started working out early in the morning so I can fit everything in. Due to this I constantly forget to just.slow.down.

Thanks for helping me remember to breathe!


Jennifer April 15, 2010 at 7:23 am

Ok, GUILTY of just about all you mentioned. It seems I always eat standing up in the kitchen. I love when I take the time to sit and enjoy my meal but I rarely do that. I’ll work on it!


Ana April 15, 2010 at 7:24 am

I am also very anxious, very hard to control that but I found that breathing deep through my abdomen relaxes and calms me down when I am feeling to anxious about something. It calms me to the point that I can think better and focus on trying to not be so anxious. (does this make sense?!!!)
On the multi-tasking subject, I do things fast, I am a quick person full of energy by nature and I can multitask and do more than one thing at once, easily. However, I know that my best work comes out when I am doing one thing at a time, but I only came to learn that now that I am 30! Seriously, until I reached my later 20’s I would not even think about stopping and breathing and focusing. Now I am much more aware of who I am and how I work best in many situations, so I can stop and breath, give myself 5 minutes when I need to, and that does wonders to me!
I enjoyed reading your post today, I do believe that allowing a few minutes to yourself is really important.
I guess all this sort of comes as we mature and start to figure out ourselves for real!


Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

I find a lot that the anticipation of things is “worse” than the actual case :)

Thanks for the reminder to slllooooww down. I’m so guilty of over multitasking and not living in the moment. Sometimes I get to the point where I can’t shut down at night and my brain keeps reeling while I try to sleep, so I try to read a good book when I get in bed, even if only for a few minutes, just to help transition.


Erica April 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

I am always multitasking and trying to get too many things done at the same time! Thanks for the pointers! I will have to try them out next time!


Lauren (Health on the Run) April 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

Thank you for sharing this awesome article! I love it! I am always doing too many things at once (even if they aren’t productive things). This morning…like so many others…I ate my breakfast in a rush while I was getting ready for work. I feel like I am constantly racing to get things done in my non-working hours and that I can never keep up! This article (and your post) was a great reminder to slow down.

I especially loved #10 (“Remind yourself that you are a miracle….) Cheesy, yes? But oh so true. :)


Paige @ Running Around Normal April 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

I definitely multitask. And I definitely have a sense of urgency throughout the day. That’s been ingrained in me from being in the journalism field all throughout college – gotta get the story in by the deadline no.matter.what. Sometimes having a sense of urgency is good, because it means I’ll do what it takes, but it also leads to stress and sometimes even high blood pressure!


Kris April 15, 2010 at 8:53 am

Because so many blogs are written by individuals in their 20s, I notice a frantic quality. I get a sense of trying to accomplish so much, whether it’s in job, fitness, personal life (marriage, children, family) or even blogging. I can say that no matter how frantic you get, life will happen. A lot of what happens will be out of your control. In the end, you will find yourself older and wiser, and wondering why you drove yourself crazy in the process. No one has to be superwoman or superman; life is not supposed to be a crazy competition. Take it day by day, stop to smell and flowers and enjoy the sunshine. Breathe and enjoy the ride because you only get to do it here once. You don’t want to look back and wonder why you were bashing your head against a wall.


Amanda April 15, 2010 at 10:30 am

I tell myself to calm down, especially at work. I work in the lab of a busy hospital and last night I was in blood bank. I don’t let myself multi-task too much in blood bank: there are too many situations where mistakes are not tolerated. So I just take a deep breath and address all the urgent things first ….. except last night we had too many urgent things at once. Oh well!


Lauren M April 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I’m studying to be a teacher and I have SO MUCH to do/turn in by the end of May before I can get my credential. If I don’t get these things turned in…no credential. I have absolutely no idea how i’m going to finish everything and it has left me in a bit of a frantic rush and panic. I’ve thought about waiting until the August deadline instead of May, but that would put off a lot of potential job offers. I’m trying to tell myself every day “You’ll get it done. You always do. You’ve never turned in anything late in your whole life.” Which is true. I ALWAYS panic and rush, but in the end I ALWAYS get it done. So this time I’m trying to bypass the panic step of this process and “just do it”


Lynne April 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I always get anxious before meetings too. And as for job interviews – I start worrying days in advance! I know that it is never as bad as I think it will be (to be honest, it couldn’t possibly be!), but somehow I always end up fretting! I am getting a bit better, though. (I am now 34!). Perhaps by the time I’m 50, I’ll have got a grip on it! ;-) Great post, Angela.


Kim April 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Oh my gosh, Angela… My work life is BUILT around meetings, and it’s a constant source of anxiety for me. I don’t know why, but something about having to be in a specific place, at a specific time, and be ready to “get down to business” in a room full of very serious people is really overwhelming to me. Especially when the meeting is with new people or important clients who I don’t already know. And the entertainment industry is so guilty of this go, go, go mentality. Just this year I started forcing myself to slow down every now and take an occasional walk to Whole Foods to remind myself and the people in my office that the world will not fall apart if I take a quick break.

So glad you’re allowing yourself to slow down. I’m still working on it myself. And I’m still guilty of multi-tasking in the shower. :)


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