I was out for a walk with my boyfriend, Greg. Greg is NOT a type A personality. He is a thinker. An inner processor (versus me, who processes all over everything and everyone) He will admit he is not good at multi-tasking (recent science is proving none of us are actually) and he is VERY good at calm, sitting, reflecting, relaxing. I don't get it. At all. Because while my lightening pace is exhausting, it is also, sometimes exhilarating.
At one point during the fast paced walk, he said, Honey, calm. How the heck do you walk fast and be calm? He said, "Be fast on the outside and be calm on the inside." You can be calm on the inside and going very fast on the outside. You are emitting a LOT of energy. Calm your inside and you will have a lot more energy for the outside. It was literally like a light bulb went on. I always equated fastness on the outside with revving engines on the inside. They are in fact different.
Short story over. Moral? When you are multi-tasking, dealing with kids, rushing to meetings, putting out fires, check yourself. Ask yourself, "Am I calm ? The answer will usually be "hell no I'm not calm". And after that snarky, but true answer, tell yourself, you can be peaceful even though you are rushing. You can be calm even though you are flying through your day. Let yourself be calm and have peace in the fast lane.
The Navy SEALS have a saying; SLOW is FAST. Meaning if we rush, we tend to make mistakes, whereas when we go slowly, things are accomplished faster. (i.e. haste makes waste)
Try this and let me know what benefits you discover.