The Connection Between Speed and Rest
I've been developing my materials on speed for a few weeks (years really). I've made them the center of my understanding on the essential growth for entrepreneurs and artists. Every Monday I focus on speed. The nature of speed is transformative. Speed transforms reality. In fact many of the elements our reality are paradigms of speed. Solids, gases, and liquids can be defined by the speed of their molecules. That makes speed a useful description for many of life's experiences.
When I talk to an artists or an entrepreneur I usually tell them point blank, "If you want to increase your level of effectiveness then it will be necessary for you to increase your speed." I have a few areas of focus that I lean on. Social media, websites, engagement, workshops, performances, customers, and the like. If you increase your speed then isn't a given that you will increase your ability to create impact? The answer is yes, but not entirely yes.
Without going too far into subjects I barely understand, I think it's useful to denote that that speed is relative*, kinda. What that means is that speed, only takes some meaning in it's relation to something else. It is also seen as a quantity of time and space. So when say speed we really mean our speed in relation to something else, or we mean that we have covered a certain distance over a certain amount of time.
*I'd like to note that I'm combining speed with some definitions of kinetic energy, because in casual conversation, and understanding we rarely make distinctions between the two. Most of you won't care but a few psuedo scientific trolls like myself might.
This kind of thinking is useful as an entrepreneur and as an artist, because we have to focus on competition and we also have to be very concerned with our own prolificness. When writing, it's very important to me that my work is good in comparison to my peers, a goal I achieve by reading others works and sharing my work with others, and maintaining my voice and authenticity. I'm also interested in the quantity of work I produce and how long it takes me to put it out. I'm currently publishing one book of poetry, 40 pages long, every month. This is new for me.
Rest plays an incredibly vital role in our understanding of speed. In fact, while it takes a certain amount of energy to get to a certain speed. Maintaining that speed is actually seen as a form of rest. Think about running, or biking; on a smaller scale traditional forms of motion are a combination of acceleration and deceleration on a second to second basis.
In the same way our productive lives must always be a balance of acceleration and deceleration. In fact slowing down takes just as much energy as speeding up. Have you ever tried to go a day without your phone. Or attempted to meditate during a busy day and felt your mind racing. It's not easy to slow down. Resting is work! Even in writing. The faster you write the more important it is to take time to stop writing to edit, or create a relationship with a editor.
As an individual, rest also shifts your frame of reference. It allows you to understand that the world is stationary, and that all the moving parts are not necessarily your competition, or a part of your own "motion identity". This becomes especially important in group dynamics. So that you can gain an appreciation for your own mass, and you can speed up and slow down, so that you can change lanes, in order to gel with the relative motions, goals and perspectives of those around you.
In fact often times if you don't take the time to rest, it's easy to become a speed junkie, and then every interaction becomes an opportunity for you to feel speed. You'll slow down when others are trying to speed up, and speed up when others are trying to slow down, just to feel the the rush. It may seem fast but it's "fake speed" as far as it relates to true productivity. P.S. substances can also be ways of achieving altered speed, uppers and downers, negative and beneficial.
So what is the ultimate productivity. That's where the explanations in this post ends and the ideas I explore in my poetry begin, but I can tell you that it starts with understanding your self. True rest makes you realize what is you and is not you. I have a daily rest schedule, and I also have a weekly, rest schedule. I search for moments and methods of slowing down as much as possible, and let me tell you it's hard work, and it takes practice.
For the first 10 days of November I'll be taking the time to rest. During this time I'll discover what is me and what is not me. I can feeling the world disappearing in haze of tunnel vision, and while the thrill is intoxicating, I look forward to slowing to a stop, taking a look around and saying, "oh, this is where I am, hmm not bad, let me think, make some corrections, eat a piece of pie, bathe in these waterfalls, then it's off the the races, hug my father, bring flowers to my mother, spend a day in prayer, then it's off to the races again!"
If you're wondering how to tell if you're in need of rest the best tools for indication, are awareness, empathy, understanding, wisdom and spirituality. Pay attention to the reality of your situation, are you spinning gears or making progress, how are you affecting those around you, are you behaving knowledgeably, are making sound decisions, are you in touch with God? The reality is we all need regular rest. One day a week, a few hours a day, a few weeks a year. EVERYBODY needs it. Putting it in your schedule is a great way to build towards it so it doesn't throw off productivity and so you don't burn out prematurely and have a "forced rest episode" like a melt down, sickness, or any smaller or larger consequence. Some consequences are inevitable that's life and learning moment.