We live in an age of near-instant gratification, where consumers are not-so-patiently awaiting the next big thing. Take phone releases for example – every year, like clockwork, we see a new iPhone, a new Galaxy, a new everything. People simply aren’t satisfied with the status quo; they want something more and they want it now. Companies must work quickly to satiate their appetites because audiences will have no qualms about moving to another product or service. But The older we get, the shorter everything feels, and that can really be quite distressing. Last year’s holiday season feels like yesterday, as does the futuristic-sounding year 2000, and that was almost 22 years ago. Even summer isn’t as long and relaxing as it was when we were young.
When it comes to taking control of time, this tip might just be the most important one. Paying attention to the moment you’re currently living is key to not letting time pass you by. Whether its listening to someone else share their experiences, or simply walking from point A to point B, if your mind is racing to the past or the future—like what it will be like when you reach point B, or what that person told you last time—you are not fully present to the richness of the experiences that are occurring that moment, in real time. Being present, without jumping in the past or future, is the right thing to do. Always.
Multitasking is a myth: you’re not juggling many tasks at once, you’re quickly switching between tasks. And if you quickly change tasks, you’re not really focusing on any of them in a meaningful way, a practice that’s bad for your focus and productivity, as well as your understanding of time. If you are able to protect your time and are intentional about how you spend it, you will feel like you have more control, and you can perceive time more slowly. Learn to say no, or at least, don’t always say yes.
Intentionally capturing details is crucial for ensuring you can savor your experiences, and that time passes more slowly. Slowing down helps us to eliminate some of the stress in our lives. While it can’t completely eliminate stress, it can significantly lower what we’re currently experiencing, which reduces the symptoms that we feel as well. Faster is not always better — far from it.
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