Time flies. Kids grow up so quickly. Summer vacation went by fast.
We’ve all felt it. We’ve all uttered the phrases.
But is it true? How can time seem to go faster as you get older, when 24 hours is the same today as it was 50 years ago?
Here are 7 ways to help time slow down:
1. Stop wishing for the next big thing – Many hours are lost because we’re plodding ahead, counting down the days until the next vacation, until Christmas, until the kids are out of the house, until retirement. When we’re constantly thinking of what’s ahead, we miss what’s in the ‘now’.
2. Focus – Part of the reason time flies is because we are split into so many different directions. We live in an age where we are bombarded with constant interruption. Telephones, texts, e-mails, advertisements – a bazillion things vie for our attention.
The more we can learn to set aside interruptions and focus on the task at hand, the more productive we will be in life. This includes work, rest, family time and God time.
When you are supposed to be there for something, really make an effort to be there with your whole mind, body and spirit.
3. Start the day right – I’m a firm believer that how you spend the first hour after you wake sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you’re rushed and busy – the rest of your day will follow suit. Likewise if you’re relaxed and focussed.
4. Guard your tongue – Words bring life. If you’re constantly talking about how fast the kids are growing or how time flies, they will and it will. Instead, savour the moments and don’t get caught up in talking about how fast the Christmas holidays went just because everyone else does.
5. Cut back on activities – Another reason time can speed by is because we fill it with so many things. We run from work, to a track meet, to a Bible study, to another meeting, to the store, to… whew! Even writing the sentence is making me tired!
Slow down a bit. Breathe. Set priorities for church and a few activities the whole family can enjoy. Take time to sit and enjoy the moments instead of worrying about being late for the next place you need to be.
Saying ‘no’ to a few things could suddenly feel like you’ve added years to your life.
6. Slow down – Literally. Stop rushing through your mornings. Stop running from meeting to meeting. Stop speeding. Enjoy the ride. Take notice of the scenery. Live in the moment. Your heart rate will slow down and your blood pressure will thank you.
7. Let God lead – I know we’re supposed to live our lives for God, and not for ourselves. But we all know how easy it is to get caught up in the ‘have tos’. We plod through work, school, meetings and life and before we know it the day is over. Perhaps we’re missing something. Perhaps an opportunity was overlooked because we’re only thinking of what we have to do.
There are days where I have been able to follow God whole-heartedly. Where I ask Him regularly what I should do next. Without doubt, when I heed His Spirit, those days are the best. My work times are the most productive, my time with family is the best quality, and my spirit is at peace. When we live for God and not for ourselves, time ceases to exist at all and we can truly live.
Are there any other ideas you would like to share about slowing down time?