Slowing Down to Enjoy Life More
Since deciding to live more simply, a huge part of what I am enjoying is slowing down to enjoy life more. I don’t overload my schedule, for example. I have lots in my diary to look forward to, but there is also white space in there. I don’t rush around and I generally feel more in control and energised as a result.
Do you rush? Do you tell people how busy you are? You might think you are getting more done, but that might not be the case.
So let me give you a few examples of slowing down to enjoy life more and what you can start doing today.
Double the time
Quite often tasks take longer than you think they will. If I am struggling to get something done in a time-frame, I feel rushed and it probably takes even longer then because I panic. When schedule time to do something, double the time
Go for a walk. Without your phone.
Okay maybe not completely without it, but don’t check it. Be mindful of what is around you; look at the sights, what can you smell and what can you hear. Enjoy being out in nature, without feeling guilty.
Single task, rather than multi-task
When you multi-task, are you really getting more done? Your brain is having to work on two things at once and/or flit between the two, so you are not actually being more productive-each thing will just take twice as long?! Do one thing at a time and do it well.
In The Power of Less, Leo Babauta recommends choosing three most important tasks for the day and doing them first. Look at your to-do list. Chances are there are more than three things on that list and maybe more. Before you move on to anything else after the three, give yourself a little reward-savour a cup of tea or go for a short walk. Both these things will mean you will approach your next three things feeling refreshed.
Protect time in the evenings
Have some time at the end of the day, where you don’t do any jobs and you relax. That might be talking to a friend or partner, watching tv or reading. Just not all at the same time! I understand this one will depend whether you are a shift worker, what time your children go to bed etc. However the principle could still be applied, perhaps ensuring you have time for you at a different time of the day.
So these are my tips on slowing down to enjoy life more. I am sure I will add to this over time. For now, if you would like more tips and inspiration, follow the Simply Shine Facebook Page.