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Happy Monday to you! How was your weekend?  I had a good one clearing the clutter, having a bit of down time, a bit of dance time at soul-a-go-go and an epic ping pong battle..

ping-pong

[looks can be deceiving]

And importantly, Change 18 = done! And it felt good. I cleared pretty much all of the surfaces in my room (the rest of the house is in pretty good shape) and it does feel good to have the new-found clear-ness and tidy-ness. My wardrobes and drawers are another story, but that’s another change for another time. Meanwhile its a new week and a new change!

clear room

[an aspirational level of clearness]

Change 19 = slow down. Taking time out to have a slower-paced life, making time to enjoy your mornings, instead of rushing to work in a frenzy, taking time to enjoy whatever you’re doing and whoever you’re with instead of been plugged in all the time. It means single-tasking rather than switching between a multitude of tasks and focusing on none of them.

single task

[this is where we’re headed]

Now, I’m not expecting slowing down to be easy, it requires a conscious choice, but I think it’ll be worth it so I’m going to give it a go. So drum roll please, the steps to slow down. [it sounds a bit self explanatory but as always, Leo breaks it down a bit.]

slow down

[bring it on]

1. Schedule a block of time each day for doing less. It only needs to be 10 minutes the first day or two and then can be expanded to 20 and then 30 if you can.

2. Disconnect. Hmm the hard part. Close your browser and/or turn off the computer. If you carry around an iPhone or other mobile device, shut it down, better yet, leave it behind occasionally. Disconnecting helps clear some of the interruptions and distractions, and constantly stressing about information coming in. It’s hard to slow down when you’re always checking new messages.

3. Do less. It’s hard to slow down when you are trying to do a million things. Instead, make the conscious choice to do less. Focus on what’s really important [that might be where my essentials come into play] and let go of the rest. Put space between tasks and appointments, so you can move through your days at a more leisurely pace. Read more. Try doing nothing for a little while. [Sounds nice.]

4. Be present. Apparently it’s not enough just to slow down — you need to actually be mindful of whatever you’re doing at the moment. That means, when you find yourself thinking about something you need to do, or something that’s already happened, or something that might happen … gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Focus on what’s going on right now. On your actions, on your environment, on others around you. [This is going to require practice.]

5. Breathe. Now I can do that one. When you find yourself speeding up and stressing out, pause, and take a deep breath. Take a couple more. Really feel the air coming into your body, and feel the stress going out. By fully focusing on each breath, you bring yourself back to the present, and slow yourself down. It’s also nice to take a deep breath or two.

And there you have it, you’ve slowed down. So I’ll be scheduling time on this and seeing how I go.

Where in your life are you watering this week?

Have a good one  y’all.

M x

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