Life can be stressful. It moves so fast, and there are so many demands. Slowing down is a big goal for me in 2013. I’m also working towards some very big business goals. I want to win at life and business. Which means more results, and less stress.
Decreasing stress is very important to me. Life can grind away my sanity. Between family, work, and personal goals; I move too fast.
Slowing down is hard for me to do. I usually fail at it. But there is great value in slowing down. I will be more intentional about being slow this year.
Why you should Go Slow
- Life is short. You will waste it in a hurry.
- Slowing down improves the quality of your time.
- The journey is long. You can’t sprint forever.
- God made us to Surge. Surging are brief moments of intensity.
- Rest is good for the soul.
You would agree that slowing down is good for the mind, soul, and body. The great American life (one that I buy into in large part) says “Go faster, go faster, go faster.”
I say, why not slow down, and increase life quality?
Here is my plan for 2013. It is not perfect, but I’m going to do it.
5 Ways to Slow Down and Increase Life Quality
#1 Get paid more
Time is valuable. I haven’t always gotten my value. In 2013, I will get paid more. This will free up time. I also believe it will allow me to serve my clients with greater focus.
#2 Take more time off
Rest is so key! In 2013, I am going to take 4 weeks off of personal time. I admit it now, I may cheat a little. I may use 2 of those weeks to attend seminars. I love learning! But 2 of those weeks, I’m going to play.
#3 Say “No” more often.
Ray Edwards says that his default answer is “No,” until he knows he should say “Yes.” That’s great advice.
#4 Turn off my phone.
I can step away from the computer. Not a problem, because I have 1 in my pocket. In 2013, I’m committed to turning off my phone after 6. (This is a really hard 1 for me.)
#5 Get up early, and go to bed early.
If I’m up before everyone else, I don’t miss out on them. I also sleep better when I get up early.
Those are my Big 5 ways to slow down and increase life quality.