As I am in the midst of working through a few books to help slow down and simplify, I figured it makes sense to share MY top 5 ways to slow down. If you make an effort to implement them in your life, you WILL see a change:
- Every yes is an automatic NO to something else. This is a BIG one for me. If I’m being asked to do something (or even just want to do something), I try to stop for a second and consider what saying yes will mean for my overall life. If I agree, that means that whatever time it takes, is time I will not be able to do something else. This one little thought can make it so much easier to say no to something you don’t really want to do. When you consider what you’ll miss if you agree to what someone else wants out of you, it isn’t as hard to tell them no.
- Schedule a few hours of buffer time each day. Invariably things come up, right? A task will take longer than you thought it would, or a new opportunity will arise (for instance I often get “please read me a few chapters of our book mom”). If you have budgeted a few hours in your day with nothing planned, your schedule and “to-do” list won’t get thrown out the window. Think of this as breathing room.
- Take an actual lunch break. Ideally an hour, but if that feels impossible, start with thirty minutes. The world is NOT going to collapse because you took a break in the middle of your day. Spend that time eating something delicious and healthy, and if possible add a little fun. Eat outside, meet with a friend, read a book – just something you enjoy. You’ll come back to work energized and happier – and isn’t that what you want out of each day?
- Delegate what you don’t have to do. This is probably the most challenging suggestion for those of us who assume we can do everything the way it needs to be done (ahem). However, I know there are tasks that you take on that someone else could do just as well as you can. Let them. For me, as my kids get older I’m trying to give them the opportunity (like how I phrased that?) to help me out and learn important life skills. Do I do a better job of hanging up clothes or cleaning the bathroom? Right now, yes, BUT it is good for my kids to have some responsibility. After all, I don’t want them to be helpless adults.
- Batch your errands. For some reason, this idea is often so obvious it gets missed by many of my clients. If you have a number of errands to do in the week, do them all on one day. Yes, you’ll spend a lot of that day running around, but that means you won’t the rest of the week.
What do you do to help slow down your life? Any specific tricks or tips? Please share in the comments as we can ALL benefit.
So far, I’ve gotten through Day 14 in both books. In 30 Days to a Simpler Life, I loved chapter 9 – Fix Quick and Healthy Meals. Many of the tips were things I’ve done in the past, but have gotten lazy about implementing. Terrific time to start them back up! I also loved Chapter 13’s advise to “Do It Now.”
The other book, How Did I Get So Busy?: The 28-Day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule, and Reconnect with What Matters Most has had some great tips – I was especially excited about Chapter 9 “Develop a Self-Care Plan.” Many of the tips are things I work on with my coaching clients. My favorite quote from this chapter is “the only resource in life that is distributed in equal amounts.” Love it!
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