Slow Down and Stop Rushing Around

Do you find yourself in constant rush mode – always rushing around trying to get things done with no end in sight? Rushing around can become such a habit, that you may sometimes find yourself rushing even when there really is no need. I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “Stop and smell the roses”, which basically means that you need to stop, take a deep breath, and take some time to appreciate all that’s around you. When was the last time you enjoyed a leisurely walk, a nice cup of tea, or simply time to do nothing and just dream?

If you feel like you can’t slow down because there’s simply too much to do, take a few minutes to write down all of the responsibilities that are taking up all of your time. Then, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do I say yes to every request that is asked of me?
2. Do I take on work that can easily be delegated?
3. Do I feel guilty if I’m not always being productive?
4. Am I considered the go-to person for certain tasks or activities?
5. Am I a bit of a control freak?
6. Am I a people pleaser?
7. Am I a procrastinator?
8. Am I a perfectionist?

If you answered yes to any of the above, work on changing one habit at a time, identify your priorities and write down your vision for a new and slower paced life. Soon, you will feel empowered to begin eliminating some of the time stealing tasks and responsibilities off your list. Continue this exercise until you feel more in control of your time and your life.

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About Jacquie

Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook
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17 Responses to Slow Down and Stop Rushing Around

  1. Julie M. says:

    Good stuff! I always take on too much and don’t delegate…although over time, I am getting better….a few nervous breakdowns later!
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  2. Kevin Linkie says:

    Do I feel like im in a rush. Yes constantly as a blogger I sure am LOL. Its true I try and catch myself in those moments of rush and get away from the computer.

    I should plunk a rosebush right beside my computer LOL.

    Great post and thanks for reminding us all to slow it down.


  3. shelly says:

    Thanks for the great tips! I need to slow down lately. My mama brain is always going at 80MPH.
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  4. I’ve become a subscriber to the do a few things well philosophy… unfortunately my kids and hubby subscribe to the chaos theory… they don’t always go together…
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  5. Thank you for the tips. I think that we all need to remember to slow down and not take on as many thing as we do.
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  6. Catherine L. says:

    Great tips! I’m definitely guilty of #5.

  7. I feel I have a good balance right now but it is always good to read an article like this!
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  8. Romina says:

    Uhm, hello, are you inside my head?! I answered YES to all your questions. Okay, maybe it is time to slow down. Can you please tell my 4 year old and 6 week old that mommy has to take a break? They seem to listen to others more than me (hehehe). Thanks for the tip. Hopefully, this is something I can do today.
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    • Jacquie says:

      Unfortunately, 6 week olds aren’t very good listeners! LOL Good luck with your efforts to slow down and congratulations on your new addition to the family. 🙂

  9. Lucy Black says:

    Well .. I am a people pleaser and I am a bit of a control freak, actually a lot!
    Great post, thanks for the tips.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Good thoughts – I’m guilty of number one. I have a hard time saying no. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Carrie says:

    This is a great post. I can yes to almost all of these, put especially number 3. I really need to work on this!

  12. Joanne J says:

    Thanks… I’m suddenly reminded that I need to slow things down just a bit.

  13. I’ve found a great way to quit feeling overwhelmed by things is to do things in little bursts. Then I’m not feeling rushed all of the time. I might spend 10 min in the kitchen cleaning then in an hr spend 10 in the living room. I just tell myself that it will get done! I am trying to learn to say no to people too. It’s a hard thing to do when you are used to saying yes!
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  14. Megan Blumenthal says:

    Thanks for the tips. I need to slow down and apprecite things more.