It’s Okay to Stop Sometimes

Posted By: on October 02, 2015
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We all need to stop sometimes.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the demands of your day-to-day schedule. When this happens, you naturally become anxious, and it’s easy to slip into a frantic “I’ve got to get it all done!!” mode.

I’m as guilty of this as anyone. For me, I’ve found I need a full recharge every six months or so. It’s a time to evaluate my daily routines, my time commitments, and myself. I try to ask myself:

  • How well am I living my life?
  • Is this the life I want to live?
  • Has a busy schedule prevented me from enjoying the activities I do every day?

If your schedule has felt a little overwhelmed lately, take hope: the good news is that you get to impact whether you continue living that way.

I’m not suggesting you need to quit your job, cash out your retirement, and find an inexpensive home in Florida to retire to. But most of us know we could do a little better.

Maybe your life has become what your work has demanded it be. Or perhaps other commitments have started taking up more time than you expected they would.

Little by little, you found yourself with less unclaimed time, less margin, and less time to relax and recharge.

Before you know it, it starts to feel like too much.

You were treading water before, but now you’re starting to drown. You’ve lost track of what you want out of life and what’s truly important to you. Where were you going in the first place, again?

Stop.

Just for a moment.

Catch your breath.

And find your natural rhythm.

Try this if you don’t know where to start:

Close your eyes, breathe slowly, and deeply.

In and out. Focus on your breath and nothing else.

If your mind wanders to all you have to do today, don’t get anxious. Just gently bring your focus back to your breath.

Now, from here, let’s figure out how to reclaim control of your schedule.

First, are you really getting enough time with your wife or your husband? with your kids? with building work that’s meaningful to you?

If not, why not?

And what could you do today to reclaim some of your time for the things that really matter to you?

There’s no such thing as the perfect life, of course. No one has perfect balance. No one does only what they want to do and nothing else.

You won’t have time for everything. And that’s okay.

The trouble comes when you get lost in the busyness of life, which starts when you get so busy you forget to stop every now and then to reflect on what a good life looks like for you.

Personally, whenever I take a vacation, I often find the demands of my schedule have slowly crept in over time. I’ve become too busy.

So, I reset. It might mean adjusting my work hours or saying no to a few social commitments. I do what I need to do in order to find balance.

And then I have to repeat this process every six months or so.

I want to encourage you: you are in control of way more of your time than you might think.

Even if you can’t get away for a full vacation, at least find some time today to reflect on what a really good life looks like for you and whether or not you’re living life to the fullest every day.

If you’d like some help with this process, we’d love to walk you through it in our offices. Here you can get support, and you can find some quiet time for this kind of reflection.

From there, we can reflect on what’s important to you, and what you might do to build a life that is consistent with your goals and values. Sometimes, it’s nice not having to figure all those things out all by yourself.

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