We run here, we run there. The days are full of obligations and duties. We spend our time doing things we really don't to want do, yet we feel we should. Is being productive and crossing things off our to-do list really the ultimate goal?
Life on Earth is a brief gift. Our time is too precious. If we want our lives to be balanced and healthy, we need to lighten our load and increase our down time.
Why am I bringing this up now at one of the busiest times of the year?
We all need reminders to take care of ourselves. Life going into overdrive is the perfect time to re-evaluate and reset.
Make the “to-do list” a source of inspiration. This means prioritizing those things that make your heart sing and de-prioritizing those things that are not imperative. Make small changes. Consider the practice of “self-acceptance” when you choose to miss some events in order to be to be present at others. Set clear boundaries and expectations so you are not scrambling around, unable to devote your attention to anything.
Schedule what's important--that includes time for yourself! When you consider what's really important to you, the more you are able to let go of the things you are doing out of habit.
Leverage your time. Combine fitness and social time. Work out with a friend. By taking time and caring for yourself you will be better in all aspects of your life. You owe it to yourself and those you love and those who love you!
John Lennon said it best:
“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”
You have my permission to hit the reset button when life feels like it is stuck in overdrive.
Here are some tips to help you cultivate the art of slowing down.
~ Sit for a moment with your eyes closed before you start your computer.
~ Spend as much time outdoors in natural settings as you possibly can.
~ Pay attention to the cycles of the moon and the shifting of seasons.
~ Whenever you estimate how long something will take factor in an additional 25%.
~ Set aside time each day for yourself.
~ Try going a day when you only check email twice.
(Yep, that's a tough one but you can do it!).