The Slow Coach

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Liz Barclay follows three busy people on a bold experiment to slow down their pace of life.

Their 'slow coach' is Carl Honoré, once a speedy journalist, now spokesperson for a global so-called 'Slow Movement'. He argues that our increasing obsession with speed means we race through life instead of actually living it. We need to create moments of slowness and connect with our 'inner tortoise'. Carl says that, by finding a better balance between fast and slow, we'll increase our wellbeing, creativity and productivity.

It's a compelling theory, but does it work?

Three volunteers, have agreed to put Carl's theories to the test by following his advice over the course of one month.

Steve runs his own business, and gets to the end of each day without a break, reacting to a stream of emails. He hopes that slowing down can make him more efficient and give him time to reflect on the bigger picture. Lizzie works part-time in the health service, and is the mother of three young children. She worries that her constant sense of being in a rush is rubbing off on her children and would like family life to feel less hectic. Scott works as a volunteer in his local town of Bury, running every community activity from the Carnival to the Lions Club. Unable to say 'no' to anyone, he finds himself checking his emails in the cinema and forgetting to eat lunch. He'd like to get back some sense of control over his life.

The Slow Coach follows the successes and struggles of our three volunteers as they attempt to put Carl's suggestions into place in their daily lives.

Producer: Tessa Watt

A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 4.

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Liz Barclay follows three busy people on a bold experiment to slow down their pace of life.

Their 'slow coach' is Carl Honoré, once a speedy journalist, now spokesperson for a global so-called 'Slow Movement'. He argues that our increasing obsession with speed means we race through life instead of actually living it. We need to create moments of slowness and connect with our 'inner tortoise'. Carl says that, by finding a better balance between fast and slow, we'll increase our wellbeing, creativity and productivity.

It's a compelling theory, but does it work?

Three volunteers, have agreed to put Carl's theories to the test by following his advice over the course of one month.

Steve runs his own business, and gets to the end of each day without a break, reacting to a stream of emails. He hopes that slowing down can make him more efficient and give him time to reflect on the bigger picture. Lizzie works part-time in the health service, and is the mother of three young children. She worries that her constant sense of being in a rush is rubbing off on her children and would like family life to feel less hectic. Scott works as a volunteer in his local town of Bury, running every community activity from the Carnival to the Lions Club. Unable to say 'no' to anyone, he finds himself checking his emails in the cinema and forgetting to eat lunch. He'd like to get back some sense of control over his life.

The Slow Coach follows the successes and struggles of our three volunteers as they attempt to put Carl's suggestions into place in their daily lives.

Producer: Tessa Watt

A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 4.

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Liz Barclay follows three busy people as they continue an experiment to slow down their lives. Their 'slow coach' is Carl Honoré, spokesperson for a growing 'Slow Movement'. He argues that the 'virus of hurry' has infected every corner of our lives. 'Slow' has become a dirty word - a byword for lazy and unproductive. But can we actually be more productive, as well as happier and healthier, if we connect with our 'inner tortoise'?

Three volunteers put Carl's theories to the test by following his advice over the course of a month.

In programme 1, Carl gave them each a bespoke recipe for slowing down, with tips to follow each day. Now, in programme 2, he asks them to step back from the daily grind to reflect on the bigger picture. What are the pressures keeping them speedy? Can they slow down in a way that will last?

Lizzie works part-time as a health visitor, and has three young children. She's found it challenging to put Carl's suggestions into practice. She visits a conference on families and relationships to ask if it's inevitable that life as a working parent is a constant race against the clock.

Steve runs a business, and is overwhelmed by his workload. He's been following Carl's tips on switching off technology and reducing distraction. Now he tries the practice of mindfulness to develop his focus and find a sense of calm.

Scott is on jobseeker's allowance but lives a hectic life running local activities like a Carnival. He's been learning to say 'no', and pace himself instead of panicking. Now he wants to find out if slowing down can help him to take control of his life and its direction.

Liz follows their successes and struggles, and asks if it's really possible to slow down in a fast-forward world.

Producer: Tessa Watt

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

0220130819

Liz Barclay follows three busy people as they continue an experiment to slow down their lives. Their 'slow coach' is Carl Honoré, spokesperson for a growing 'Slow Movement'. He argues that the 'virus of hurry' has infected every corner of our lives. 'Slow' has become a dirty word - a byword for lazy and unproductive. But can we actually be more productive, as well as happier and healthier, if we connect with our 'inner tortoise'?

Three volunteers put Carl's theories to the test by following his advice over the course of a month.

In programme 1, Carl gave them each a bespoke recipe for slowing down, with tips to follow each day. Now, in programme 2, he asks them to step back from the daily grind to reflect on the bigger picture. What are the pressures keeping them speedy? Can they slow down in a way that will last?

Lizzie works part-time as a health visitor, and has three young children. She's found it challenging to put Carl's suggestions into practice. She visits a conference on families and relationships to ask if it's inevitable that life as a working parent is a constant race against the clock.

Steve runs a business, and is overwhelmed by his workload. He's been following Carl's tips on switching off technology and reducing distraction. Now he tries the practice of mindfulness to develop his focus and find a sense of calm.

Scott is on jobseeker's allowance but lives a hectic life running local activities like a Carnival. He's been learning to say 'no', and pace himself instead of panicking. Now he wants to find out if slowing down can help him to take control of his life and its direction.

Liz follows their successes and struggles, and asks if it's really possible to slow down in a fast-forward world.

Producer: Tessa Watt

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

0220130819

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Liz Barclay follows three busy people as they continue an experiment to slow down their lives. Their 'slow coach' is Carl Honoré, spokesperson for a growing 'Slow Movement'. He argues that the 'virus of hurry' has infected every corner of our lives. 'Slow' has become a dirty word - a byword for lazy and unproductive. But can we actually be more productive, as well as happier and healthier, if we connect with our 'inner tortoise'?

Three volunteers put Carl's theories to the test by following his advice over the course of a month.

In programme 1, Carl gave them each a bespoke recipe for slowing down, with tips to follow each day. Now, in programme 2, he asks them to step back from the daily grind to reflect on the bigger picture. What are the pressures keeping them speedy? Can they slow down in a way that will last?

Lizzie works part-time as a health visitor, and has three young children. She's found it challenging to put Carl's suggestions into practice. She visits a conference on families and relationships to ask if it's inevitable that life as a working parent is a constant race against the clock.

Steve runs a business, and is overwhelmed by his workload. He's been following Carl's tips on switching off technology and reducing distraction. Now he tries the practice of mindfulness to develop his focus and find a sense of calm.

Scott is on jobseeker's allowance but lives a hectic life running local activities like a Carnival. He's been learning to say 'no', and pace himself instead of panicking. Now he wants to find out if slowing down can help him to take control of his life and its direction.

Liz follows their successes and struggles, and asks if it's really possible to slow down in a fast-forward world.

Producer: Tessa Watt

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Liz Barclay follows three busy people as they continue an experiment to slow down their lives. Their 'slow coach' is Carl Honoré, spokesperson for a growing 'Slow Movement'. He argues that the 'virus of hurry' has infected every corner of our lives. 'Slow' has become a dirty word - a byword for lazy and unproductive. But can we actually be more productive, as well as happier and healthier, if we connect with our 'inner tortoise'?

Three volunteers put Carl's theories to the test by following his advice over the course of a month.

In programme 1, Carl gave them each a bespoke recipe for slowing down, with tips to follow each day. Now, in programme 2, he asks them to step back from the daily grind to reflect on the bigger picture. What are the pressures keeping them speedy? Can they slow down in a way that will last?

Lizzie works part-time as a health visitor, and has three young children. She's found it challenging to put Carl's suggestions into practice. She visits a conference on families and relationships to ask if it's inevitable that life as a working parent is a constant race against the clock.

Steve runs a business, and is overwhelmed by his workload. He's been following Carl's tips on switching off technology and reducing distraction. Now he tries the practice of mindfulness to develop his focus and find a sense of calm.

Scott is on jobseeker's allowance but lives a hectic life running local activities like a Carnival. He's been learning to say 'no', and pace himself instead of panicking. Now he wants to find out if slowing down can help him to take control of his life and its direction.

Liz follows their successes and struggles, and asks if it's really possible to slow down in a fast-forward world.

Producer: Tessa Watt

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.