As prompted by @brandonschauer, here is a alpha of the minimally viable principles of Slow Management. Looking for feedback with further detail to come in future posts:
**Updated with Edits thanks to @digitalacolyte**
- Act with the expectation of positive intent
- Credit is karma–don’t try to control it, but be sure to give it to those who deserve it
- Talk less and do more–don’t over-explain to be smart
- Cut down on sources of stimulation
- Fatigue is the enemy so be fit enough to fight it
- Develop outside interests and provocations
- Be engaged and engage others
- Be open and consistent in communication–to provide context for the future
Sure, Slow Management is about maintaining sanity. It is also about speed. And no, this isn’t a contradiction.
Obviously, it is amazing what you can do when you focus on work and not the dizzing dance of distractions flying about like incontinent dung beetles. I won’t rant and rave about the impact of rampant multitasking–this article should do the trick.
I’ve been running two experiments to create the space for greater focus and engagement:
I’m making an adjustment to the Daily email. Colleagues correctly complained that the 4pm email barrage when I finally synched my mail was just delayed dumping. It’s a good point. The idea is not to just hold off on sending email but actually cut back on email and engage in other ways.
Tuesday, January 3 represents the first day back at work for many people. Any re-entry to work after a (hopefully) relaxing break is difficult. It can be even harder if you have sworn off all work contact and are dreading the email barrage <ahem>.
Here are a few tips to think about:
There is an article making the rounds on the Interwebs about the Joy of Quiet by Pico Iyer in the NY Times <http://goo.gl/bUaGG>. The core premise is that the scarcity of freedom from stimulation is making it an emerging luxury.