Instead of hurrying and rushing

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How Not to Hurry: Tips for a Slower-Paced Life
1. Do less. Cut back on your projects, on your task list, on how much you try to do each day. Focus not on quantity but quality. Pick 2-3 important things — or even just one important thing — and work on those first. Save smaller, routine tasks for later in the day, but give yourself time to focus.

2. Have fewer meetings. Meetings are usually a big waste of time. And they eat into your day, forcing you to squeeze the things you really need to do into small windows, and making you rush. Try to have blocks of time with no interruptions, so you don’t have to rush from one meeting to another.

3. Practice disconnecting. Have times when you turn off your devices and your email notifications and whatnot. Time with no phone calls, when you’re just creating, or when you’re just spending time with someone, or just reading a book, or just taking a walk, or just eating mindfully. You can even disconnect for (gasp!) an entire day, and you won’t be hurt. I promise.

4. Give yourself time to get ready and get there. If you’re constantly rushing to appointments or other places you have to be, it’s because you don’t allot enough time in your schedule for preparing and for traveling. Pad your schedule to allow time for this stuff. If you think it only takes you 10 minutes to get ready for work or a date, perhaps give yourself 30-45 minutes so you don’t have to shave in a rush or put on makeup in the car. If you think you can get there in 10 minutes, perhaps give yourself 2-3 times that amount so you can go at a leisurely pace and maybe even get there early.

5. Practice being comfortable with sitting, doing nothing. One thing I’ve noticed is that when people have to wait, they become impatient or uncomfortable. They want their mobile device or at least a magazine, because standing and waiting is either a waste of time or something they’re not used to doing without feeling self-conscious. Instead, try just sitting there, looking around, soaking in your surroundings. Try standing in line and just watching and listening to people around you. It takes practice, but after awhile, you’ll do it with a smile.

6. Realize that if it doesn’t get done, that’s OK. There’s always tomorrow. And yes, I know that’s a frustrating attitude for some of you who don’t like laziness or procrastination or living without firm deadlines, but it’s also reality. The world likely won’t end if you don’t get that task done today. Your boss might get mad, but the company won’t collapse and the life will inevitably go on. And the things that need to get done will.

7. Start to eliminate the unnecessary. When you do the important things with focus, without rush, there will be things that get pushed back, that don’t get done. And you need to ask yourself: how necessary are these things? What would happen if I stopped doing them? How can I eliminate them, delegate them, automate them?

8. Practice mindfulness. Simply learn to live in the present, rather than thinking so much about the future or the past. When you eat, fully appreciate your food. When you’re with someone, be with them fully. When you’re walking, appreciate your surroundings, no matter where you are.

9. Slowly eliminate commitments. We’re overcommitted, which is why we’re rushing around so much. I don’t just mean with work — projects and meetings and the like. Parents have tons of things to do with and for their kids, and we overcommit our kids as well. Many of us have busy social lives, or civic commitments, or are coaching or playing on sports teams. We have classes and groups and hobbies. But in trying to cram so much into our lives, we’re actually deteriorating the quality of those lives. Slowly eliminate commitments — pick 4-5 essential ones, and realize that the rest, while nice or important, just don’t fit right now. Politely inform people, over time, that you don’t have time to stick to those commitments.

Source: Zen habits, written by Leo Babauta


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  1. Sarady Kim

    December 6, 2014

    magnifique comme endroit j bj

  2. david fisher

    December 6, 2014

    Speed isn't always a good thing for it could trip you up!

  3. michael peters

    December 6, 2014

    That looks beautiful , I also agree with the rushing statement ! Patience (my late sisters name) is a virtue , as the saying goes ! Why rush ??? Wot we b will be ! MP xxx

  4. Ananda Kore

    December 6, 2014

    Very nice and lovely place.

  5. Reg Dawn

    December 6, 2014

    Thank you for the best tipps..thank you dear sis. Wishing a beautiful evening. Big hug 🙂 and lots of greetings… +Jendhamuni Sos

  6. Jendhamuni Sos

    December 6, 2014

    Hug, dearest sister! +Reg Dawn Just got out of meditation. I try to sit several times a day.

  7. Prentiss Seymour

    December 6, 2014

    +Jendhamuni Sos this is wisdom and most people sadly lack these simple powerful truths. Thank you for sharing. Take care and live well.

  8. Niranjan Patil

    December 6, 2014

    Good morning dear jen.have a happy Sunday

  9. Carlos Bation

    December 6, 2014

    Hi jenh good evening/morning thank U for UR great information and beautiful image have a niceful evening good health be safe ..Ingat my Love my Dear

  10. Niranjan Patil

    December 6, 2014

    Good morning jen.have a beautiful Sunday

  11. Reg Dawn

    December 6, 2014

    Yes it´s good to meditade…so do I…but only once a day..for more I haven´t much time..but it´s good only once a day meditade. Thank you very much dear sister jendhamuni. big hug and lots of greetings. Regina. Good night 🙂 +Jendhamuni Sos

  12. H,. Highlander

    December 6, 2014

    You have to look inwards to look
    into yourself, look into this container
    with is your soul;— look and listen
    to it. Until you have listened in to that
    thing which dreaming through you,
    In other words— answered the knock
    on the door in the dark, you will not be
    able to lift this moment in time in
    which you imprisoned, back into the level
    where the great act creation is going on.

    And where are your

    "When you can give yourself to work that
    brings together a need, your evidence
    that shows that conscience, is the moral sense, this inner light.

    Thank you for the "!!
    How Not to Hurry.
    Instead of hurrying and rushing

  13. Rajiv Chowdhury

    December 6, 2014

    Good morning..
    Jen…. have a happy sunday.
    Ur always great & nice information image have a niceful morning good health & mind. Thanks.😃😃😃😃😃

  14. michael peters

    December 6, 2014

    Morning Jen… N thank you , it's wicked 2 see a beautiful sister inspire so many people from all walks of LIFE , please do keep up the good work 🙂 much love.. Mike XxX

  15. garylee joy

    December 6, 2014

    I grew up on a small farm. We enjoyed the sunshine, listening to the birds sing, play with our dog, and went fishing with my Mom. My Grandparents lived next to us. Those are treasured memories that I love. Thank you Jendhamuni Sos, my dear friend.

  16. Jendhamuni Sos

    December 6, 2014

    +garylee joy I love that kind of life so much! Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

  17. michael peters

    December 6, 2014

    Hi ya Jen…it's me yet again 🙂 , do you no wot ? U my love are the most genuine classic that beauty, REAL beautiful is a lot more than just skin deep, you CLEARLY have that inner beauty ( within ) just as much as to look at… Very good qualities to have, I feel blessed just meeting you , be it in spirit, who knows 1 day we may even meet in person, miracles do happen 🙂 stay blessed my friend, stay blessed ! XxX

  18. RK Jimmy

    December 6, 2014

    What is this

  19. Ronald Harris

    December 6, 2014

    Very good Sunday morning to you Jendhamunii Sos

  20. Jayesh Thakkar

    December 7, 2014

    Thank you so much for your suggestions about how to make life easier and more beautiful. Have sweet dreams +Jendhamuni Sos​.

  21. Ana Kurisu

    December 7, 2014

    Hello…happy sunday my friend:-)

  22. Nico R

    December 7, 2014

    10. If the other 9 don't work out, just stay in bed with a load of tranquilizers. Lol.

  23. Dan Kim

    December 7, 2014

    Good for those who understand, thank you.

  24. Raghav panday

    December 7, 2014

    Thank you so much for the ideas and tips for slower paced life ,,,,,,, well I am agree with you only 99 % not 100 %, percent I hv my own reasons ,,,,, if I explain , you will understand ,,,,,, ; ) above all I love you so much and it getting worst help me lua,,,,,,,

  25. Ajay Agnihotri

    December 7, 2014

    Very nice thinking..and beautiful post Jendhamuni.

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