How Slowing Down Will Increase Your Productivity and Improve Your Sex Life

December 5, 2014

8:00 am

Here is a sad fact to put things in perspective: A recently released study indicated one in ten participants admitted to having used their phone during sex. As far as young adults, ages 18 to 34, make that one in five — 20 percent.

“We live in a world that is obsessed with speed.”

And that’s not a good thing. With the mission of persuading a crowd of fast moving entrepreneurs, Carl Honoré took the stage of this year’s SIME MIA with an interesting case study to support his cause: himself.

“I’m addicted to speed, but it got to a point where I was speed reading my children’s bed time stories,” explained Honoré. “Nowadays most of us are so caught up with this culture of speed on our daily lives, that we lose sight of the damage all this multi-tasking and stimulation is doing to all aspect of our lives.”

So became an advocate–and even wrote a book–of the Slow Movement. This movement is becoming popular around the world, starting with the slow food industry.  The goal is to connect people to meaningful relationships, with place, and even work experiences. It emerged as an effort to counteract the fast–paced and unbalanced lifestyle trending in our current culture.

“We are racing through our lives, instead of living it,” said Honoré.

Now before you roll your eyes and think this is a buddha-stunt, just take a second to think of how you are leading your own life, constantly connected and on-the go. Slowing down may go against your personal belief of being a successful entrepreneur, but contrary to popular belief, slowing down does not make you lazy.

“It’s about doing things at the right speed. It’s about doing things mindfully. Doing things with quality rather than quantity,” explained Honoré. “If you slow down, you will find that you eat better, make love better, think better and work better.”

More people and even companies are joining the slow movement. Honoré explains that it allows people to feel more comfortable in working in different speeds. Be more creative and make time for ask deeper questions. And here are a few ways they are doing this.

1. Working Less Means Working Better

Nordic countries work less hours than the United States, yet their economies rank consistently in top rankings.  That’s because they can get away from the cold and replenish. You get happier and more creative workers. Companies are slowly looking at ways to limit working hours.

2.  Slow Down During the Working Day

People need to leave the desk throughout the day to re-energized. Companies are building quiet rooms, offering yoga and meditation for workers throughout the day. Your best ideas come when you’re relaxing (think of the ideas you have in the shower). If you are constantly on the go, you may be missing out on your best ideas yet.

3. Turn Off Your Technology

Maybe sleeping with your phone next to your pillow is not a great idea. But take that to other daily social and even personal times of day. Going for a run, then put the setting on “do not disturb.” Organizations are finding way to help workers disconnect by having them go on holidays without disruptions or emails.

4. Doing Less and Thinking More

“In a epoch of speed, one must think slower” Boris Pasternak said in 1917 and Honoré reminded the audience of what this means: reflect. Even when your world is going in full speed, you need to make the time to think deeply and ask thoughtful questions. Carve out time daily to reflect. Start your next meeting with a few minutes of silence to think of important points before the meeting. Don’t just rush in and wing it.

Editor’s Note: Tech Cocktail is a Media Partner during Sime MIA 2014.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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