Hurry Up & Slow Down


Imagine a life of no responsibilities, no calanders, and no time schedules.
A life in which you do nothing unless you have an overwhelming desire to do it.
A life of not having to rush from place to place and task to task.

That life will never be yours this side of eternity.
You’ll always have appointments to keep and time schedules to maintain.

But…

You don’t have to live the hurried, hectic, madening life that you’re used to living.

From my experience, rushing and hurrying doesn’t lead to more productivity, only more ulcers.

I’ve always been one of those people that feels rushed, even if I’m bored.

So…

One of my new year’s goals was to sloooooow dooowwwn.
To quit feeling like I have to do three things simultaneously in order to be productive.

Here are a few of the things I have found effective in the first 20 days of 2010 for slowing life down…

  • Eat slower. There’s something about taking your time during a meal that seems to slow everything down for the rest of the day.
  • Unplug and retreat. Take a few minutes occasionally to go to a location you normally wouldn’t and do a lot of nothing. Maybe grab a coffee or go to the library and enjoy the quiet.
  • Wake up earlier. When your day starts in a rush, it’s probably going to end that way too. Wake up a few minutes earlier than normal so you won’t be running out the door in a panic.
  • Make God first. Begin the day with God. Before anything else, spend some time alone with Him. It tends to slow you down and pep you up at the same time.

I’m no expert at time management. Heck, some of you are three times as busy as I am. But, no matter what the calendar or to-do list says, you’ll be more efficient when you aren’t feeling hurried.

A crowded schedule doesn’t have to equal a worn out you.

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