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Simple Everyday Tips For Slow Living And A Longer Life

Simple Everyday Tips For Slow Living And A Longer Life

Have you noticed that the years seem to pass faster, and seasons change sooner? That days have become shorter, and we live at a quicker pace despite longer years? Have you noticed how slow movies from the ’50s and ’60s are? We now live faster, think faster, and act faster than we used to. We have managed to develop an environment around us that has become faster than the human mind. Now we have to run despite the initial intention to build time-saving robots so we could enjoy more of our lives. It is time to slow down. It is time for slow living.

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    The concept of slow living is a lifestyle approach that suggests slowing down everyday life for a longer and better-quality life. Slow living makes us more healthy, there is less stress, a better quality of relationships and increased well-being. The good news is we can control this 100%. Here are 6 simple tips for slowing down everyday life.

    1. Don’t do things you don’t want to and cannot do.

    We all have habits that are just that—habits. But we really don’t have to do those things. Examples are getting a manicure, going to the solarium, ironing, shopping, watching TV, browsing the internet, smoking, and so forth. We can save time and money by cutting these out, and many of these habits are also bad for our health. Ask yourself some simple questions: Do I really have to do this? How can I skip this task/step/activity if I don’t like it?

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    2. Do one thing at a time.

    Multi-tasking makes us nervous, and the day rushes by when we do it. If we drive then we should just drive: no phone calls, no learning another language, no planning and thinking. Instead, you can enjoy driving: listening to the motor and your heart beat, looking out the window and living in the moment.

    3. Choose less noise.

    We are too used to noise—the TV and radio are on, but nobody listens to or watches them. Phones beep, iPads dong and mail notifications ring. Why not just turn them off?

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    4. Go offline.

    We are connected all the time. We are available 24/7. And we are distracted 24/7! Who said we should answer all phone calls, messages and emails at once? Why can’t they wait until the appropriate time? Turn on the internet and your phone for a certain amount of time a day, connect with others and then simply switch off. We won’t lose business if we don’t answer at once, but we might lose out for sure if we interrupt our work flow on one task to answer somebody else.

    5. Choose lighter and slower ring tones and music around you.

    Have you ever noticed how stressful your ringing phone is? Try to use a different ring tone and life will be more pleasant. Relaxing music and classical music always help between stressful meetings and during short drives from one busy spot to another. We breathe in the rhythm of the music. If we breathe slower, our heart beats slower and peace settles over our body.

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    6. Enjoy details.

    Use waiting time, not for stressful thinking, but for simple observations and enjoying details. Have you noticed how beautifully the car wash water dances down the windscreen? And how reflections change in the mirror during a traffic jam? When was the last time you smelled the roses? Or the last time you just looked into the eyes of your child? Have quality time with the people you love. It is much better to have 10 minutes of full attention with your kids than the whole day running around with them from one spot and activity to the other. When was the last time you were all dining at the table together without screens and distractions?

    “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

    Abraham Lincoln

    Drive slowly. Eat slowly. Listen carefully. Enjoy the moment. Taste and touch, and live life consciously.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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