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.