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Post time 2010-11-9 19:30:54 |Display all floors
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." Lao Tzu

If you live in a city where everyone rushes, realize that you don't have to be like everyone else. You can be different. You can walk instead of driving in rush hour traffic. You can have fewer meetings. You can work on fewer but more important things. You can be on your iPhone or Blackberry less, and be disconnected sometimes. Your environment doesn't control your life — you do.

I'm not going to tell you how to take responsibility for your life, but once you make the decision, the how will become apparent over time.

I can't give you a step-by-step guide to moving slower, but here are some things to consider and perhaps adopt, if they work for your life. Some things might require you to change some major things, but they can be done over time.

1. Do less.

Cut back on your projects, on your task list, on how much you try to do each day. Focus not on quantity but quality. Pick 2-3 important things — or even just one important thing — and work on those first. Save smaller, routine tasks for later in the day, but give yourself time to focus.

2. Have fewer meetings.

Meetings are usually a big waste of time. And they eat into your day, forcing you to squeeze the things you really need to do into small windows, and making you rush. Try to have blocks of time with no interruptions, so you don't have to rush from one meeting to another.


3. Practice disconnecting.

Have times when you turn off your devices and your email notifications and whatnot. Time with no phone calls, when you're just creating, or when you're just spending time with someone, or just reading a book, or just taking a walk, or just eating mindfully. You can even disconnect for (gasp!) an entire day, and you won't be hurt. I promise.

4. Give yourself time to get ready and get there.

If you're constantly rushing to appointments or other places you have to be, it's because you don't allot enough time in your schedule for preparing and for traveling. Pad your schedule to allow time for this stuff. If you think it only takes you 10 minutes to get ready for work or a date, perhaps give yourself 30-45 minutes so you don't have to shave in a rush or put on makeup in the car. If you think you can get there in 10 minutes, perhaps give yourself 2-3 times that amount so you can go at a leisurely pace and maybe even get there early.

5. Practice being comfortable with sitting, doing nothing.

One thing I've noticed is that when people have to wait, they become impatient or uncomfortable. They want their mobile device or at least a magazine, because standing and waiting is either a waste of time or something they're not used to doing without feeling self-conscious. Instead, try just sitting there, looking around, soaking in your surroundings. Try standing in line and just watching and listening to people around you. It takes practice, but after awhile, you'll do it with a smile.

6. Realize that if it doesn't get done, that's OK.

There's always tomorrow. And yes, I know that's a frustrating attitude for some of you who don't like laziness or procrastination or living without firm deadlines, but it's also reality. The world likely won't end if you don't get that task done today. Your boss might get mad, but the company won't collapse and the life will inevitably go on. And the things that need to get done will.

7. Start to eliminate the unnecessary.

When you do the important things with focus, without rush, there will be things that get pushed back, that don't get done. And you need to ask yourself: how necessary are these things? What would happen if I stopped doing them? How can I eliminate them, delegate them, automate them?

8. Practice mindfulness.

Simply learn to live in the present, rather than thinking so much about the future or the past. When you eat, fully appreciate your food. When you're with someone, be with them fully. When you're walking, appreciate your surroundings, no matter where you are. Read this for more, and also try The Mindfulist.

9. Slowly eliminate commitments.

We're overcommitted, which is why we're rushing around so much. I don't just mean with work — projects and meetings and the like. Parents have tons of things to do with and for their kids, and we overcommit our kids as well. Many of us have busy social lives, or civic commitments, or are coaching or playing on sports teams. We have classes and groups and hobbies. But in trying to cram so much into our lives, we're actually deteriorating the quality of those lives. Slowly eliminate commitments — pick 4-5 essential ones, and realize that the rest, while nice or important, just don't fit right now. Politely inform people, over time, that you don't have time to stick to those commitments.

Try these things out. Life is better when unrushed. And given the fleeting nature of this life, why waste even a moment by rushing through it?

Remember the quote above: if nature can get everything done without rushing, so can you.

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Post time 2010-11-10 10:06:38 |Display all floors

Not at all

I am not hurry at all !life is so easy except for ignoring   your desire !

Life is so beautiful if we don't care about so much trivia in our lives!
just being tough!

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Post time 2010-11-10 13:44:16 |Display all floors

Good ideas,but not easy

Of course we can choose our lifestyle,but in most situation,we have no choice.
For example,we can live more slowly in countrysides than in cities.  But a lot of peoples whose hometown is in countrysides can not go back to live in their hometown.

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Post time 2010-11-10 14:35:17 |Display all floors
Can you get a piece of bread easily in city?

If you had no one coin in your pocket,who would make your stomach stuffed free of charge?

Most of our salary people are working like a Lao Huang Niu(a toilsome farm cattle) who eats grass as feedstuff but acts as the backbone of its host's family~~


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Post time 2010-11-10 21:16:38 |Display all floors
in china . we  have to  confront more  pressure . so  we must  work hard . we need to earn more money to let
our life better . but  in fact .  we  are not happy . we are no time to enjoy our life .

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Post time 2010-11-18 10:44:42 |Display all floors
Originally posted by icyeyes at 2010-11-9 19:30
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." Lao Tzu

If you live in a city where everyone rushes, realize that you don't have to be like everyone else. You can be di ...





Nice words, but hard to acchieve. but i will try...

ractice being comfortable with sitting, doing nothing.
I like it.

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