Work feels nicer this year. It’s because the view is so much better from the slow lane.

I’m working, and billing, more hours this year than last. Important hours that include connecting, thinking, planning and doing.

And I’ve had three new, ad-hoc, unpaid chats with friends of mine this year as well. On top. Helping them think about brand and business. Concentrated chats. Rich with questions and guttural direction.

But none of the above feels particularly urgent. It’s slow. Steady. And even though the amount of work is about 25% more year-on-year, I’m somehow working less and achieving much more – for them.

Confidence is probably part of it. Mostly, I know exactly what to do. So I just say it. Then we do it.

And as a consequence, work feels nicer this year. It’s because the view is so much better from the slow lane.

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