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Slowing Down (Brent A. Jones)

2008.12.11

Slowing Down

I chose to write on this theme today for a couple of reasons. First, November and December are usually busy months for me, and I wanted to remind myself to slow down and not let the pressures of my overloaded schedule get to me. Also, I worry about the people around me. I see people rushing here and there and forgetting to appreciate their blessings: family, friends, health and peace. It’s easy to get so involved in our daily routines that we don’t have time or energy for really important matters. Finally, I have been reading on the topic of consumerism (preparing for our global challenges class next year), and was reminded of a social campaign called the Slow Food Movement. Part of this movement is encouraging people to slow down and enjoy their lives more. One of my favorite sayings in Japan is “ichigo ichiei.” I hope more people can appreciate each moment.

So how does this topic relate to our new department? In talking with other faculty members, I believe we share a vision of CUBE that looks at Management in the broadest terms. Included in this broader vision is management at the personal level: managing our own health, time and career. As part of their 4 years of study at Hirao School of Management, I want CUBE students to craft their own personal vision and mission statements. These statements may eventually change as we go through life, but once we have these statements we can set short, medium and long-term goals for ourselves. Having these clear goals makes time management easier. It is easier to say NO to distractions or people who are trying to pull us in directions we don’t want to go. Having clear priorities will make it easier to schedule our time and devote our energies to fulfilling our dreams. So, what is your vision?

Here is an old photo I found of my daughter and me feeding some kangaroos in Australia. Spending time with my family is one my favorite ways to slow down.

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