I honestly sometimes feel like time is a swirling event happening right in front of my eyes. It’s right there, but I can’t seem to get a grasp on it or take control of it. I can feel the coming and going of the sun and the moon, I watch my children getting older, I see the numbers on the calendar going from 1 to 30 in the blink of an eye, yet I feel like I exist outside of it all. If only I could just gather up the strength to grab it with my hand, get a good grip on it, and do what I want it to do. Then, then I would get everything done. Then I would be successful. Then I would do “what I want to do when I grow up”. The list goes on..
Am I right? Anyone else?
When we were kids, time took forever. Literally, from breakfast to dinner felt like an entire year took place. Waiting til’ Christmas morning? Forget about it. It seemed as if my dad could grow an entire beard during a Church service. Waiting until the next full night of TGIF felt impossible.
Maybe time hasn’t started to go faster at all. Maybe the days are still 24 hours long and the years still 365 days. Maybe it’s us that have changed. Maybe we are the ones who need to slow down, not time. Maybe, just maybe, we have the power to live like little kids again. Think it’s possible?
The reality is, the only thing that has changed is our perception of time. Nothing else has. So, if you find yourself in a similar boat as me, and you want time to slow down a little bit, then we need to work on changing our perspectives.
- Don’t Think of Time as Money
Even if time is money, to primarily think of it that way in your mind begets scarcity. Because after all, valuable things are typically scarce and hard to find. Although time is valuable, try not to. For example, thinking that it’s a waste of time to read a book or go to dinner with the family because you could be working instead is not the way to think. All this will do is make your leisure time unenjoyable for you and those around you.
- Cling to Novelty
One of the main reasons time goes so slowly for children is that everything is new to them. Their little minds are trying to wrap around all of the new information they are receiving. Everything they hear, see, smell, taste..it’s all novel. Compare that to your average adult who wakes up at the same time every morning, eats the same breakfast, drives the same route to work, sits at the same desk, drives the same route home, and repeats the next day. Before you know it you’re Over the Hill and Bruce Jenner is a woman and holy crap it’s almost 2018?! Instead of the mundane in life, try and cling to novelty. Try and change something up each day, even if it’s something little. Try to add one new experience a week, such as rock climbing, dance lessons, trying a new restaurant or going to the beach.
- Work Smarter, not Harder
This is a huge time saver. Contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking is actually not the most time-effective way to get your work done. People end up getting far less done by trying to multi-task. Instead of checking your email every 7 minutes and responding (even while in line at the grocery store), designate 2 or 3 twenty to thirty minute sessions where you sit down, go through all of your emails, and respond. Try not to have 19 browsers open on your computer. Go through each task beginning to end before moving on to the next one. Last but not least, when the work days is over: STOP. If you are a work from home or remote kind of person, put an end time in your mind, and don’t let yourself think about work until the next day. No one is going to die if you don’t respond that minute. If there is an emergency, people can call or text you (birth of a child, death, arrest, etc.). Otherwise, you should be spending your time not working doing things you like with the people you love.
So, although these things are simple, when practiced they can actually help slow down time. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m definitely going to try a few out. Leave a note in the comment section if you try one ore more and if you felt it helped!