I was thinking over my day, trying to come up with something to write about, and I remembered how flustered I get when I get ahead of myself.
When I leave work, I have to go through a series of things to shut down and lock up. Yet so often, I'll get one step ahead of myself, and have to back track and it ends up taking so much longer than if I had just gone slower at the beginning and thought things through.
I have been improving--I remember my first few weeks of work were frustratingly full of reminders to slow down and think; now, I do really well for the most part everywhere except for when its time to leave. (I think there is something about the idea of getting out of work that just makes me rush--and I bet I'm not the only one that feels that way!)
But the principle remains--slow down. So much more can be seen, remembered, and done right the first time if we just take a deep breath and turn the tempo down a few notches.