The Hurrier I Go, the Behinder I Get

Melissa Pezzimenti
Having recently returned to work after a wonderful six weeks overseas, I found myself obsessing over my transition back into office life.

The idea of leaving my European summer mindset behind was depressing to say the least, and the more I thought about it, the closer my shoulders got to my ears and the fuzzier my brain felt. But I was determined not to lose that mindset entirely.

My first week back passed in the blink of an eye, and as I tried to quiet my mind on the train ride home, I scrolled past some wise words on my Instagram feed, "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get" – this resonated with me in so many ways.

Currently we have eight open roles at Kiandra, and recruitment is only a portion of my role, so it’s easy to get lost in my to-do list and wish I was back sipping on a spritz in the sunshine. But I know those days, where your list is a mile long and you would do anything and everything just to finish another task. So you move a little faster, read a little quicker and type at the speed of light – only to feel you’re in the exact same place as before. And the hamster wheel rolls on.

A lot of my habits come from my surroundings, where I've grown up and what I've observed. You have to walk in time with the crowds around you, people standing at the front of the line get in first, and even the smallest tasks are treated with the biggest sense of urgency, everyone is always in a rush... And what for? 

While I still don't understand the need for a siesta in the middle of the day, I have a new-found appreciation for taking things slower. This is more than just a ‘stop to smell the roses’ scenario, it’s about taking the time to see what's in front of you, giving your tasks and the people you interact with the attention they deserve.

There is nothing worse trying to hold a meeting, but the person in front of you has one ear in the conversation while they frantically type and focus on their laptop instead.

I was told early in my career that I need to ensure my actions are true to my brand, and by keeping this Lewis Carroll quote front and centre, I believe I can do that.

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