Slow the rush

This is the first post on what I’ve called Space for Independent Thought, a space dedicated to better understand ideas that come to my mind not only within the design field, but also life itself. I’m always happy to discuss about new things, let’s chat.

Chaos

I’ve always pride myself on not being the kind of person who starts the new year with commitments that may not be accomplished through time; actually, last year I wrote on an Instagram post to say goodbye to 2020: “I don’t wait for the year to change to make stuff happen, I do it restlessly day by day”

Never wanted to sound cocky, but the reality is that I do so much self analysis on a daily basis to accomplish things and improve as a professional and as a human being, that I don’t feel like the change of the year has to be an special occasion to do it if I don’t feel like I need to.

But this year that changed, and yes, it happened; as the end of 2021 was approaching many thoughts came to my mind as a messy room that needed to be cleared to start the new year. The amount of projects I’ve worked on during the year, the increase of the level of my work outs, the enormous pressure I’ve put myself into, and obviously, changing my job and life by moving to London at the end of November, has been like running a marathon at a speed pace, leaving little room for clarity and thinking things twice. Most of the decisions I’ve made have been under pressure and rush, focusing constantly on goals but not in the process, centring on getting stuff done but not on how I was feeling.

Clarity

Since I settled down in my new place, I’ve been writing almost every day seeking for that clarity, and trying to see what it worked and what it didn’t. A part of me was afraid that 2022 could not be as good as 2021 has been (Measuring things just in terms of speed and goals), but my inner me knows that I need to slow the rush.

After so much writing I’ve created a personal guide to check anytime I feel like I’m losing focus, or I’m doing things I could regret. It is based on four time-scales:

  • Practical stuff to improve on a daily-basis in different contexts
  • A system to establish meaningful goals I can achieve and enjoy on a monthly basis
  • General values I want to reinforce and apply to everything I do
  • Self-reminders that summarise the previous points

Action

The scales-approach responds to how in the past I’ve failed by trying to implement quite specific goals for the year (e.g learning to play guitar) that I may not want to do as time passes by, and by making unrealistic commitments I wasn’t ready for.

By using the scales I assure myself to have a set of values that would help me not to fall in the indifference and moral void I’ve been into this last year, but also having practical habits to implement on my daily routine.

Still, I’m human, this guide won’t work as a set of instructions work for a machine, but at least I have a compass to help me to seek meaning and purpose to everything I do, say and commit to.

Thanks for reading
H.

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®2022