There’s been a lot of talk about slowing down here at the Larson house. You’d imagine that a regulation of pace would have come naturally after we closed the store, but it wasn’t so easy. We’ve had to make a much more conscious effort to declutter our schedules and quiet our minds than we had anticipated. This challenge has become central to our efforts in discovering what’s next for us. We learned a lot running a shop and following our dreams. The biggest lesson has been to take our time.
Dan recently discovered a Ted Talk that was very inspiring. It is called, The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers by Adam Grant. He talks about time and the value of pacing yourself. This concept applies in entrepreneurship, but also in life as a whole. We rush through each day with a to-do list or stream of goals. Small moments get ignored or missed completely. Sometimes we (meaning us over here…but maybe you too?) miss the signs that it’s time to slow down, at least for a while. So we’re practicing a new slower daily routine. Here’s some signs that you should too…these may or may not be inspired by our real life experiences. Please don’t call animal control.
- You’ve got keys in hand, travel mug topped off and sunglasses at the ready. You dash to the car, jump in and start ‘er up. You put foot to pedal…only to see said foot is donning your faux fur lined Minnetonka slippers. Better take another sip of coffee…
- The grocery store is busier than a dive bar on $1 jello shot night. You grab a cart and hit the isles, making questionable selections but never looking back. You go screeching into the self check-out line (because you’re oozing confidence). After successfully solving the produce pricing puzzle and over stuffing your bags, you hit “complete payment”. Reaching for your wallet, you get a sinking feeling in your gut. The wave of a heat flash washes over you as you realize your wallet is safely stashed…on your dresser…at your house.
- You’re tucked in your office with coffee in hand, demolishing that to-do list. As you answer the last email in your inbox, you lean back in your chair, crack your knuckles and revel in the satisfaction of your accomplishment. The phone rings…it’s your cohort calling from the conference room. They were just wondering if you’re planning to attend the meeting you scheduled…for twenty minutes ago.
- It’s been a long day, but you can no longer ignore the sink bursting with dishes and the drying rack that resembles a Jenga game. Step one: put away the clean dishes. Step two: take the clean dishes out of the fridge. Step three: hope that no one saw that.
- The school office staff has become so accustom to your daughter’s tardiness, that they have her late pass pre-filled when you arrive.
- The dog was definitely not locked in the shed for an hour last week…that would never happen.
- You make a hair appointment. You reschedule a hair appointment. You cancel a hair appointment. You make another hair appointment.
- Just like some pans need to soak, so does the laundry you’ve had in the washer since Wednesday, right? Go ahead, hit rinse again and pretend you’ll promptly transfer that load to the dryer…but for realz this time.
- You’ve been a patron of the same Wawa for 5 years. You’ve been driving the same car for 3. That’s why it was so disorienting yesterday when you pulled up, popped the fuel door button and jumped out only to discover you didn’t have a gas cap…on that side of the car.
- Screaming voices pierce the quiet. Panic settles thick in the air. You just made the earth shattering announcement that everyone will be eating dinner tonight…at the table.