I’m sure you’ve heard a million times that there are benefits of slowing down. It really does help. I’ve been practicing slowing down the over the last few days and I’ve noticed that I’m more purposeful in what I do AND in how I think about things.
A little background info…
Have I told you that I used to bite my nails when I was younger? It was nervous habit but I kicked it. It’s been many, many moons since I’ve chewed on my fingers. Until a few weeks ago. I’m not sure what happened but suddenly, I’ve been biting my nails again. Not. Good. Especially when you have a wedding to attend.
So, of course the only thing to do when you have no nails and you want to look pretty is to get some fake nails, right? Did I also mention that I used to be a nail tech (a.k.a. manicurist) in a former life? That’s another story. Anyway, I decided to get those press on nails from the drugstore so I could get used to them before this weekend’s wedding.
What a great lesson in patience this has been. First lesson: putting them on and waiting for the glue to dry. It’s a sticky type of glue that can get a bit messy. Second lesson: trying to work with them has been interesting. Interesting good, actually. I’ve been doing things a lot slower. As a result, I’m more careful and I think more purposefully about what I’m doing…even before I begin doing it. Filing has been very different experience…so has cleaning…opening the car door…typing…putting groceries away…
It’s hard to imagine that fake nails can make you think (or plan) better and make less mistakes…but they kinda do. I think I may have to keep these press on’s for a while. =)
Moral of the Story: Get your own fake nails to help you slow things down a bit. Yes, you male readers out there…you, too. Kidding. =) …but try to find a way to take things down a notch. If your mind is racing, your output might not be so great. Slowing down lets you really think things through.