Saturday, July 19, 2008

10 ways to slow things down

From the Simple Living Network.

10 Ways To Slow Things Down
By Jim Fulton
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Reprinted with permission from Simple Living Journal. For more information visit www.simpleliving.com.

What can you do if you feel like life is rushing by insanely fast? Here are 10 ways to at least slow it down a little bit and help you keep your sanity:

* First of all, stop multitasking. That's computer talk for doing several things at once -- talking on a cellular phone while driving, for example. When people try to multitask, they don't do any task well.

* Ditch the TV. Try going for a full week without turning the stupid thing on. If you're a typical American, you're likely to discover that you suddenly have a lot more leisure time.

* Don't get hung up on your telephone. Why should you jump whenever it rings? What are you, Pavlov's dog? If the phone interrupts you in the midst of doing something, let the answering machine pick it up.

* Sit. Do it for a while, say half and hour, and don't do anything else. Just relax and let your mind drift. If you start obsessing about your job, stop and say, "That's quite enough of that!"

* Listen to some music. How often do you sit down and actually listen to a piece of music without doing something else? If your answer is never, then you've never really listened to music.

* Keep a journal. Take a few minutes each day to write down your thoughts, or to describe something that happened to you that day. You will develop a better understanding of yourself.

* Rediscover a childhood pleasure. When you were a kid, did you like to paint? To collect bugs? To wade in the creek and catch frogs? Why not do it now? If you have children, they can help you do this. Do what they do.

* Have some quality time with your dog. Or cat. Or bird. Take the time to grow close to your animal. Pet him. Talk to him. Throw the saliva-soaked tennis ball for him. (I would add as just *slightly* more important =Þ "Have some quality time with your child(ren) or spouse. Practice the next suggestion while you're with them.)

* Have a conversation. Most of what passes for conversation these days is not. Take the time to really listen to someone else, to hear his or her thoughts and to share yours.

* Be. This is sort of like "sit," except you're not sitting now; you're doing whatever you happen to be doing. But as you're doing it, you're really paying attention to what you're doing. If you're eating a cookie, for example, take the time to look at it, smell it and feel it before you stuff it in your gob. Dissect it, and eat it the way a kid would. Ah, the texture of life is made of moments like this.

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