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Why Slow is the New Fast

Eight Essential Reasons to Take Your Time

By Joshua FeinbergPublished 19 days ago 3 min read
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Ever noticed how everyone is always in a rush? There’s this guy at my coffee shop who orders an espresso and then stares down the barista as if his glare can speed up the brewing process. And I’m over here thinking, “Buddy, if you can make water boil faster with your mind, Harvard wants to talk to you.” The truth is, we live in a world that worships the quick fix: instant noodles, one-click shopping, swipe right for love — or at least a mediocre date by Tuesday. It’s all quick, quick, quick. But here’s a wild idea: What if taking your time is actually… good?

Taking your time isn’t just about slowing down; it’s an act of radical self-care. It’s saying to the universe, “Hey, I’m going to savor this coffee, this walk, or the eighteen tabs I have open on my browser. And I’m going to get it right.” It’s about giving yourself the chance to not only put on the jacket but also check if it’s right side out.

Here are eight reasons why taking your time is essential:

1.You’ll Make Fewer Mistakes: Rushing is the number one cause of silly mistakes. Slow down a bit, and you’ll find that you don’t accidentally text “I love you” to your boss instead of your partner.

2. It’s Better for Your Health: Stress is a killer, literally. Taking things slower can reduce stress. Consider it a health strategy, like flossing, but less annoying.

3. Enhances Creativity: Ever notice how your best ideas come to you in the shower, not when you’re frantically pacing around your office? That’s no coincidence. Creativity needs space to breathe, and rushing suffocates it.

4. Improves Learning: Slow learning might sound like an insult, but it shouldn’t. Taking your time to learn something ensures that it sticks. That’s why you still remember the lyrics to every ’90s sitcom theme song.

5. Builds Stronger Relationships: Relationships are not microwave meals. They need time to develop. Rush through and you might find yourself with some very shallow connections.

6. You Enjoy Experiences More: Ever wolf down a meal and then not remember tasting it? Life is not just about reaching destinations; it’s also about enjoying the journey.

7. Better Decision Making: Snap decisions can be fun, sure. But are they good? Not usually. Taking your time helps you weigh options and choose better paths, like deciding not to wear Crocs to a job interview.

8. Less Regret: Rush now, regret later. That’s usually how it goes. Taking your time lets you make decisions that future you will be thankful for, not puzzled by.

In the wise words of someone who probably should have taken their time, “Hurry up and wait” is the worst advice you can follow. So why do we sprint through life like there’s a prize for finishing first in a race nobody else is running? You see, taking your time isn’t just a luxury; it’s a necessity, like water, or avoiding conversations in an elevator.

Remember, nothing good comes from rushing — except maybe finishing an uncomfortable phone call. But really, the world isn’t going to end if you don’t answer that email in less than three seconds. It’s like telling a joke; timing is everything. Rush it, and you’re the only one laughing. Take your time, and maybe you’ll actually find the punchline.

Taking your time isn’t just about slowing down; it’s about enjoying where you are, who you’re with, and getting to the good part at just the right moment.

**Disclaimer:** All content on this post is original and written by the author, with AI assistance solely for spelling and grammar checks.

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Joshua Feinberg

I'm channeling my bipolar disorder to shine a big, fat spotlight on mental illness, all while lobbing in a hefty dose of self-improvement and comedy. Think of it as therapy with a laugh track.

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