Do you ever find yourself feeling tired and weary? Life certainly offers us many daily challenges and it is easy to let worry and hurry cause you to feel tired. Here are some tips to live an unhurried life and find rest.
Rushing inwardly is a sure-fire way to fall out of rest. Our minds are amazing and can race from one thought to the next without stopping. It’s very important to think about what you are thinking about.
Trying to focus on too many things at one time is exhausting and unproductive. While most women, myself included, are quite good at multi-tasking, we are much more productive when we focus on one thing at a time. Yes, it’s true, single-tasking is much more productive than multi-tasking! The reason is that we become more present when we make a conscious choice to focus on just one thing.
Time blocking is a terrific way to fine tune your focus. Decide what tasks are truly important and what can wait. Then set aside a certain amount of time to focus on one project at a time, set a timer/reminder, and when the time is up, take a break and move onto something else. Having a plan on how to use your time takes the pressure off of the need to rush inwardly.
Slow Your Roll
Rushing outwardly is equally exhausting. It seems that everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere these days. Driving fast, walking fast and wanting everything “right now”. What if we all just slow down the pace of our lives? A slower pace will definitely contribute to an unhurried life.
While I believe timeliness is important, we absolutely don’t need to hurry everywhere we go. I have found that driving or walking a little slower still gets me to my destination. In addition, travel time is a great way to decompress. I often use this time to pray, listen to music or books, or just simply enjoy the journey.
One of the best ways to avoid physical hurry is to simply do less. With less on your “plate” to accomplish, you can allow yourself to be fully present and enjoy what you are doing. I try to always add a little cushion between appointments and tasks so that I don’t feel rushed.
I love the convenience of technology, however, it can easily become too much of a good thing. I’ve recently started putting my phone on “do not disturb” to control interruptions. And guess what, I haven’t missed anything by doing this. For emergency purposes, my kids and husband can get through but everyone else can wait. When you are constantly connected then you are at the mercy of the information coming in. When you disconnect, the demands/needs of others take a back seat.
Technology is intended to make our lives easier and more convenient. It should never consume all of our attention. Put the phone down and take a “tech break”. Put your focus on the family and friends around you and invest in those relationships. Connection with people is what we NEED not connection with devices!
Living an unhurried life is possible. Take a breath, go outside, unplug, be present and simply do less. And never confuse activity with productivity. Be your best self by being fully present and sowing into the people and things that are truly worthy of your time and attention.
Here’s to slowing down and enjoying the ride!