You fink yr clever Cozu get so mooch dun . You are so fast inside that fast thinking head of yours that you don’t make time to stop and check all those tasks you are completing. Your emails, reports and notes left for colleagues are full of errors. You think you’re fast and clever. Some of them think you’re sloppy and a little bit stupid.
Your fast and furious is someone else’s fuzzy and flaky. Because your head values volume and speed over arriving on time and delivering a quality outcome sometimes, your lateness and inability to complete are getting in your way. You think looking busy and having so much to think about in double quick time is a sign of your amazing intellect. Your colleagues sometimes think you’re a failure with a capital F.
You are in love with the sound of thinking about 200 things rather than 2. It’s got to be better to always deliver more right? You think that the faster you can process information and get things done, the more effective you are.World renowned quantum physicist Stephen Hawking has a brain the size of a small planet and has spent over 40 years thinking about one thing, black holes.Your colleagues don’t believe that having a busy head full of thoughts means you are clever. In fact, they think your head is full of black holes where information disappears, never to be seen again.
You are skimming around the dance floor doing the quick step on your own. Everyone else is doing the Hokey Cokey. In your quest to think fast and go fast you’re exhausting yourself and getting nowhere fast. Your inability to notice the rhythm of everyone else means that your head is running on empty looking for the next space to dance in . Your colleagues are working together, more slowly and purposefully creating innovative ways to put their whole self in and shake it all about.
Your fast head is playing mind ping pong. You think this is a sign of your ability to think about multiple things at once. You can flit here, flip there and bat ideas around the amygdala like Federer can return a serve at Wimbledon. Your colleagues think you are suffering from severe headless chicken syndrome. They keep throwing you packets of seeds with intent and possibility written on them but your head is so unfocused you seem incapable of seeing either.
You’re busy feeding your addition addiction. Your desire to keep your fast thinking head moving has you adding to your to do list and the things you say yes to like a glutton in a pie eating contest who hasn’t eaten for a week. You are heading for overwhelm and your inability to think in a straight line will make your delivery and performance suffer in the longer term. You think you are overwhelmed and delivering at capacity to the best of your capability. Your colleagues think your performance is underwhelming and you could deliver more by doing less.
So what to do?
Slow it all down and develop your thinking flexibility by learning how to use fast and slow thinking purposefully every day.