Monday, March 5, 2012

Slowing Down the Speed of Life

By Sheridan Tax & Bookkeeping

For most people, life seems to pass too quickly. People complain that time flies faster every year, or that life’s too short. You can’t get the clock to tick more slowly. Here are five suggestions for adjusting your thinking and behavior in order to tame internal time.

1. Moderate your Type A behavior. About 80 percent of the people today exhibit Type A behavior; they have a keen sense of time urgency. Modify your behavior by doing things a little slower. Drive slower, walk slower, talk slower and work slower.

2. Budget your task time. Variety is not only the spice of life, it stretches it as well. If you have worked on many projects and tasks during the day, as opposed to having spent the entire day on one activity, the day would have seemed longer.

3. Cultivate friendships. Time spent with things seem to go faster than time spent with people. Cultivate friendships, and don’t be stingy with your time when you are interacting with others.

4. Live your life in the present. Time seems to pass more slowly for younger people. This may be due to the fact that they have a shorter frame of reference since they have lived for a shorter period of time. Time also passes more slowly for youngsters because they are not usually preoccupied with the future. Stop living for the future and start enjoying the present.

5. Dot your working life with islands of leisure time, schedule time to work on the priorities in your life, interact with people on a daily basis and spend more time living the present than pursuing the future, you will find that time seems to move a little slower.

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