I was recently reading a couple of pages of the old school self-help book The Magic of Thinking Big, which inspired me to write this post.
In a particular section of the book, the author David J Schwartz prescribes 5 different confidence building exercises that he encourages everyone to utilize, to battle any symptoms of low self-esteem.
The basic premise for the exercises are to act in a confident manor physically, in order to feel confident emotionally. Similar to when people choose to laugh for no good reason to force themselves to feel better. It sort of works!
One of the five exercises was about walking faster. In the author’s opinion, a fast way of walking is a confident man’s gait. So he hypothesizes, that you might gain more confidence, by making it a habit to walk faster.
Whether this idea really works or not, I cannot say with certainty, but what I do know for sure, is that it will make you get from A to B faster!
This thought made me realize, that I, as a productivity nerd, get too fancy sometimes, staring myself blind in technologically based productivity hacks – like, how can I increase the speed of the mouse on my computer.
I am all about shaving off a second here and there from my daily routine, in order to accomplish more. But sometimes, it pays to look for the low-hanging-time-fruit in the real world.
From now on, I will try to make it a point, to get from A to B faster, whenever I have to go by foot. I understand that there certainly is a place for a slow stroll in the park, or a walk down the shopping street with ones girlfriend under the arm.
What I am talking about applies to my day to day business, between tasks, where there might not be any time for mindful walks anyway.
What do you think? Could this very low-tech productivity hack end up backfiring on me, by inducing more stress than confidence?