It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of business. The pace is fast, the stakes are high, tension and stress are always present. If there’s not a major deadline to meet, there’s a staff problem to address, or a forecast to deliver. Everyone is always getting pressed for something.
It’s easy to get caught up in the tornado. Many people get sucked right in and try to suck everyone else in with them.
Getting sucked up in the tornado for any length of time is a) not healthy and b) not needed. You can always step outside of the tornado, outside of the madness. You have the power to do that.
When things start moving fast, much faster than it needs to be or you can operate, stop it. Call timeout. Take a moment. Breathe. Collect yourself and your thoughts. Literally, stop. People can wait 5 minutes. And sometimes, that’s all it takes for you to slow the tornado down for you.
This does not trump delivery. Delivery must happen always. But you can control your part of the tornado. Always.