10 Signs that You Need to Slow Down

By October 13, 2016 July 7th, 2017 blog
slowing down at work

Time is money.

So you can just imagine how employers value their people who can deliver to the expectations at the right time. These people are those who have no problems working at break-neck speed and finishing tons of work in a day.

But as amazing as how these people look, there’s this one unspoken issue that begs to be addressed.

What about the quality?

 There’s no way anyone can retain the same level of good output when he’s hurrying up to finish something in a day. It’s a known law in Economics – the law of diminishing returns.

In economics, diminishing returns is the decrease in the marginal (incremental) output of a production process as the amount of a single factor of production is incrementally increased, while the amounts of all other factors of production stay constant.” – Wikipedia

 The more you increase the workload for instance, the bigger the chances of sacrificing another factor. In this manner, the quality of one’s work.

If you feel like you’re moving to fast and is guilty of producing half-baked work that you know cans till be better, then perhaps there’s a need to slow down. Here are signs that will tell you just how much you need it.

Constant feeling of stress

We’ve all learned what stress feels like the hard way. More often than not, it’s associated with that familiar feeling of fatigue and lack of drive to work. It’s basically mental, and for a normal working adult, this can be dismissed as part of the entire working process.

However, recurring stress that is eventually manifested in deteriorating work performance is a red flag. When this happens, it’s best to take a quick step back and examine your work routines.

Chances are, you’re doing things more than what your mental and physical capacities are capable of.

Visible spike in anxiety

 With constant stress comes the eventual issues of anxiety. Apart from fatigue, you start feeling distressed, become increasingly upset on things that you would otherwise dismiss as something minor if only you’re in your best condition to evaluate the issue.

Psychologists and medical practitioners warn adults to be wary of the first signs of anxiety. When not addressed, this could escalate and affect one’s overall health.

Repeated errors in work correspondence

 It’s probably the most common sign of moving too fast. We prioritize speed to the point of sacrificing the quality of our work.

In a typical office setup, this is considered as a major drawback as mistakes are directly translated to inefficiency – something which a lot of companies cannot afford especially if their running at par with a strong business competitor.

Consistent errors like typo and grammar issues is a surefire alert that you’ll need to start slowing down to provide time to review the quality of your work.

 Physical strain and sickness

 We get sick at some point, several of which are beyond our control. For instance, we may fall susceptible to the sudden rise of viruses and bacteria in our surroundings. But sickness as a result of lowered immune system caused by fatigue is a different story.

If sickness becomes a regular occurence, then serious evaluation of your working habits is in place.


There are people and situtations we just can’t stand. But it’s important to note that irritation could also be a sign of something work-related.

The more irritable you become, the more sensitive your relationship to colleagues turns out.

Lack of focus

Losing focus while at work is a very big NO-NO. Yet ironically, work is one notorious reason that zaps you out of your creative and productive niche. Inability to focus at any task makes employers question the competence of their workers.

At worse, this could cost adults their jobs.

Missing deadlines or meetings

You know something is wrong when you start failing to adhere with your deadlines and miss some important meetings with clients, business partners and even friends. One common thing among workers who are moving so fast is their inability to schedule things well.

Meetings start to get forgotten and deadlines are plotted on wrong schedules. Apart from the inconvenence, these occurences can totally mess up one’s work quality too!

Inability to get good hours of sleep

Did you know that only 5% of the entire population here on Earth can work exceptionally fine with only 4 to 5 hours of sleep every day?

Now the question, how sure are you that you’re part of that 5%?

An average adult requires 7-8 hours of sleep at night to function fully the next day. Unfortunately, this is not possible if your mind’s all bugged down by thoughts of what you’re going to do next.

Notable low quality of output

Nothing good comes out of anything done in a hurry. Even if doing something is really easy, certain degree of review is still required. Doing things in a rush can result in some half-baked output.

Reduced interaction with people that matter

If all you think about is work, then no wonder why you can’t find time to hangout with friends or visit your family or relatives. While work is important, so as your social life. If you find yourself drifting into that familiar work routine black hole with regular over time even on weekends, then it’s time to step on the brakes. Hard.

Letting your social life suffer in exchange for your job will only burn you out in the long run.


Giving our best at work is imperative. But it’s an all new different thing when you focus  your attention solely on speed and forget the importance of double checking its quality.

Be very mindful of the signs mentioned on this list and be ready to slow down before you’ve totally burn yourself out!

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