I don’t know about you guys, but I almost always feel like I’m racing the clock.
Racing to move onto the next task, to cross as many items as I can off of my to do list, racing to eat, to answer texts and emails….just like I’m at war with the clock and time itself.
Have you ever felt that way? Like there are never enough hours in the day?
Well lately I’ve decided to do something about it. I’m going to stop racing the clock. I’m going to be unhurried (not Lazy, just unhurried).
I’m going to relax. Slow down. Stop rushing to do everything and go everywhere.
Our culture is a big proponent of being rushed. Time is money according to businesses and as such we all see time as a scarce commodity instead of something we have in abundance.
Our standard answer for “how are you?” is “busy”, as though having an overcrowded schedule is something to be proud of, an accomplishment in and of itself.
What ever happened to evenings playing games with family members and taking leisurely strolls around the neighborhood or reading a good book before bed? I’ll tell you what happened to them, they’ve been replaced by smartphone games and a hurried dinner in front of the television, or it’s a drive-thru dinner while going between kids practices and sports or trying to fit in another social gathering because you’d rather go and be super stressed than say no and risk disappointing someone.
We’ve got so much going on and so much to do that instead of confronting the real problem of being overscheduled we instead speed up our pace to try and fit it all in.
This rush leads to being chronically stressed, overeating, heart problems, a weaker immune system, and many more problems.
So I’m saying enough is enough. The clock is no longer my master. I refuse to feel guilty for taking an hour to sit and read before bed even though there is still a load of laundry in the dryer. And I will no longer prioritize any social gathering over my health both mentally and physically.
Instead of speeding up to get more things done (and wearing myself out in the process) I’m going to address the real problem, the calendar/to-do list.
I’m going to only schedule enough in each day that I won’t feel rushed trying to do it, and if it doesn’t get done then it’ll keep for another day. We don’t have to answer an email the second we get it, and just because someone asks you to dinner at the last second doesn’t mean your response has to be a resounding yes.
It’s time to minimize stress, minimize hurry, and minimize the schedule. That way I will have time to linger with friends after an event, or take some time to just kick my feet up for a while. Time to enjoy the things we normally miss in our rush of life, like the colors in a sunset, or the feel of the breeze against your face. Time to be still and rest.
I now take every Saturday as a day devoted to rest and being unhurried. I try to get all my normal chores done by Friday so I can take Saturdays off.
Waking up not to the sound of an alarm but by the gentle light flooding through your room. Getting up as slowly as you’d like and having a good stretch before you get out of bed.
A lingering breakfast while watching the squirrels run around in the yard. Followed by whatever you’d like to do for the rest of the day, be it going to the park or library or just hanging out with your family. But the whole day you don’t even need to look at a clock because time management doesn’t matter today.
Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
It’s not just a fantasy, it’s what my normal Saturday looks like now and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
There’s a lot to be said for slowing down and even taking a day off. It’s humbling to know the world will keep spinning even if your not in charge and on top of things for a day.
So here’s my challenge to you…take one day this week and clear the schedule. Do not look at the clock the whole day, just enjoy being in each moment.
If you take the challenge I’d love to hear about it in the comments!