“I don’t have enough time, I need to hurry!” has become a common mantra for us in the US. Yes for a goals-driven person, time is money and getting things done in a speedy fashion is important. But what is also important and very productive is slowing down. What? Slowing down is productive? Yes! It’s very productive for all you high achievers out there, and here are 10 ways and reasons why.
By focusing on the most important tasks to get done, we eliminate the hustle and stress of trying to accomplish everything at once.
· Cut Internet Time
I understand these days much of what makes us productive is technology but enjoying other things produces an energy in us that makes us more clear, grateful and productive. Try to use half your designated Internet time to explore new hobbies, build relationships, exercise or meditate.
· Enjoy the beauty, enjoy nature.
When time permits – take a 5 to 10 minute break to step outside and breath-in some fresh air. Disconnect from the rest of the world and concentrate on the beauty of nature. Behold the beauty around you because it provides an energy you can use to be more productive.
· Eat Slower.
A lot of us tend to speed through meals just to save time and get other things done. When doing this we not only miss the chance to appreciate different textures and flavors in what we are eating, but we also overwhelm our digestive system till it diverts energy from the head, arms and legs, and uses it to help digest all the food you just stuffed down your throat.
· Make sure to Make time to Connect with family and friends.
We all try to make a considerable amount of time to spend with close friends and family. But make sure not just to hastily contact, but rather Connect on a deeper level. This creates a positive energy for you and your productivity.
· Set time apart for yourself.
When’s the last time you spent valuable time by yourself? Take a night to find a new book, watch a favorite movie, try yoga, meditate or cook a new recipe. High-achievers often feel like this is a waste of time but it’s not. It actually allows you to separate yourself from stress which burns good energy and connects you to all the things you enjoy which create good energy.
· Give yourself more time.
Some of us like to stick to a tight schedule and plan all our daily events. Factor in a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. This will help you avoid rushing through daily tasks.
· Take the scenic route.
Check out the scenic routes before your next trip! Yes, it might take a little more time but the change in route and different scenery produces a healthy energy for you.
· Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer.
Even just a few moments of meditation can set the tone for the rest of your day. This brief practice can produce great results for your whole day. It releases tension and sets intention.
· Remember your goals and aspirations.
Each morning when you wake up, take a few moments to think about your life goals and aspirations. Try to recall the milestones you’ve already made in life, and your drive to achieve new ones. This produces the powerful emotion and energy called GRATITUDE.