It's human nature to move fast in the activities we don't enjoy.
Which leaves this statement open to reflect on; just because you do it, doesn't mean you do it well. Or as George Straight would say, "there's a difference in living and living well".
Here's a personal example.
During my time as a student at Arizona State University, I wanted to succeed in my academics and get good grades. As most young adults in college would, I stayed up all night to study before an exam the next morning. Stepping out of the classroom after the test was over, the information in my head dissolved as quickly as I had picked it up the night before.
I achieved my set out goal of getting an A. Yet, I learned nothing.
Now bring this concept into what most of us do each day, in all areas of life.
We are at work, and at the end of the day, there is a completed to-do checklist to show for it. We may have had a productive day. But how much of it were we present for?
If we had taken a step back and actually been in it during each moment, would we have enjoyed more of the time spent doing the activity? From my own experience, I answer yes.
Here are the three steps to get yourself involved in the process.
Step One - Remove all barriers to your beginning of a task. (Distractions, cluttered environments, etc.).
Step Two - Find yourself moving through the task as you observe your motion and thought patterns (for the first few minutes).
Step Three - Write down three ways the process could be improved.
The purpose of this exercise is to see where your initial autopilot takes you. It only takes five minutes to complete these steps.
Once you're done, you'll have three new suggestions to help you become more present in your work. And all of them will be recommended by you.
There is no other person in this world who is more committed to seeing your success and happiness, than yourself.