How to Put on the Brakes and Slow Down

credit: iambent

Last year at this time I wrote a post titled 6 Benefits to Getting Organized and Slowing Down, but knowing the benefits and actually doing something about it are two completely separate actions.

It’s a struggle so many of us contend with as we try to figure out how to balance and fill in the 24 hours we each have available to us in a given day. Do you desire to jump off the activity train that runs at full speed with no destination in site? Today we’ll focus on 3 steps that can help us slam on the brakes of the chaos train we are on so we can truly experience the benefits of living a simpler slower way of life.

Have you noticed being busy has become a way of life? It’s almost a badge of honor to say we’re busy when someone stops us in the street to say hello. Does it make us more important? More worthwhile? More significant to the human race if we declare that we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off? How in the world did this become a popular way to live?

Today there are so many options, choices and activities presented to us that we scramble to fit in as many in as we can for a variety of reasons that make sense to us at the time. Everyone else is doing it, if I don’t, who will?, it’s only for an hour, it’s fun and exciting, it will help my child get ahead, and so on and so on. What we neglect to give some thought to when we are saying yes to all these opportunities (and let’s face it some of them can be great!) is the time we can actually afford to devote to them. We say yes, sign up and then decide to work out the logistics. (continue reading here)

Filed under: Time Management


4 Responses to How to Put on the Brakes and Slow Down

  1. 1
    Nonnahs Driskill says

    I “installed” comfy, sling-back deck chairs under a tree in my yard. Having the space ready to go makes me sit and relax/read a lot more often.

  2. 2
    Ginny says

    I read the entire article, but wanted to comment here. Your points are right on. Most people would look at my life and say that I’m not busy, so what am I complaining about, but I have somewhere between moderate and severe fibromyalgia (how’s that for a doctor’s commitment!), and on top of that, I am caregiver to my husband. He’s not incapacitated, but I do have to take him to every doctor’s appointment because we don’t like him to drive (not safe because he’s so exhausted), keep track of his meds, coordinate doctors, and think of all the questions that need to be asked. It’s exhausting. We recently did something like 11 appointments in eight weeks, which included a surgery, and I’m still trying to recover. Establishing time rules means scheduling only one appointment per week unless it absolutely can’t be helped, so even in that craziness, I did my best to stick to my rule. It also means that often I can’t carry through with your point #2 because my husband’s needs are more important. I recently told a friend I didn’t have any time for her because the only day she has off that I am free is the only week I can take time for a shopping trip with one of my daughters that we have put off for months. (I did offer my friend a day in November when I’ll be recovering from a medical procedure.) I do try to make time to spend on my two favorite hobbies – card making and cross stitching – but even those often take a back seat to important things like grocery lists. ;) I also try to combine a doctor’s appointment with an errand or two, if hubby is up to it, and that helps a lot, as does my eldest daughter grocery shopping for me each week. And like you said, I pencil in important activities on my calendar and try to work doctor’s visits around them.

    I think your article is the first that made me feel that I am doing something right, instead of feeling guilty over what I cannot do. Everyone’s situation is different, and mine won’t be like this forever. Learning to live with the limitations we each have is key, as is not comparing your life to anyone else’s. Thanks for your great article.

    • 2.1
      Laura says

      Oh Ginny, I’m so glad to hear that. I never want to come across as judgmental in my posts. You definitely have your hands full in this season of life but it sounds like you are making the necessary accommodations to manage the best you can to keep from burning out. Thank you for sharing your story and I pray for improved health for both of you.



Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *