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    What I learned from an IBM Selectric


    I learned how to type in an actual class dedicated to that purpose; I am guessing a lot of my readers did, too. While it was a useful skill (obv), I learned a life lesson from that class as well.

    an IBM selectric typewriter to reinforce the point of the blog post about slowing down to do better

    Our grades depended upon skill development that was associated with typing speed and the number of errors we (hopefully didn’t) make.

    I’ve always been “Type A,” and typing class was not an anomaly for me. I tried to earn my good grade with speed. But my errors were always high. One day, my teacher suggested that I “slow down.” Um, what? 

    a picture of a bottle of white out to symbolize the errors made by going too quickly

    So, I tried that. Immediately, my errors decreased. That might seem obvious, I know. But what wasn’t so obvious was that my speed was more than adequate as well. I was a better “all around” typist when I slowed down.

    I don’t claim to have been wise at 17, but that lesson stuck with me. I got more done, and did better work by slowing down. The irony is that this lesson was juxtaposed with the height of “multitasking” which was reaching a screaming crescendo in the 1980’s and has been debunked recently in favor of singletasking.

    a woman at a computer with lots of thought bubbles and other "to do" items around her to demonstrate the idea of multitasking

    What does this mean for my clients; women in the Sandwich Generation?

    A lot, actually. I help my clients manage their energy so they can have a better mood, more clarity, and make better decisions. When we are rushing through life, being managed by the demands of our children, career, partners, household management, and aging relatives, we give up our power. By slowing down, we gain our power back; we make fewer mistakes.

    It’s not uncommon for women to be Sandwiched between the needs of growing children and aging relatives for a long time. I don’t share that to discourage you, but to reinforce the need to have a system and a process to take care of you. Look for an upcoming blog post titled “Don’t Put Self Care on Your To-Do List” that goes into this in more detail.

    In the meantime, I have 2 free guides that may interest you. One is for a new process for your To Do List and the other is for evaluating your life through the lens of what energizes or what depletes you.

    a picture of a clipboard to reference the cover of my free guide

     Note to my sister: Yes, I know. I know I still have lots of typos. That is why the Universe put us together. By the time the Universe got to me, they had given out the share of Ketch family detail genes. I am blessed with Big Picture idea genes in abundance, and will eventually hire someone to clean up my string of details left strewn about the decades.

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