Do you always feel rushed? You try to get too much done and end up getting little done? Here’s a great way to make more of your time without being stressed.
Do always feel rushed? Do you wake up in the morning already feeling like you need to rush?
Do you try to take shortcuts, like eating breakfast while checking Facebook , and then accidental spill your coffee on the computer, meaning you now have less time and feel even more rushed than you did before? Definitely not the best way to start your day!
Life can feel like a spring coil sometimes. It gets tighter and tighter. You feel more and more rushed. And eventually you feel so rushed and so stressed that you could snap.
No wonder people who always feel rushed are more prone to heart complications and other health problems.
But you don’t need to constantly feel that way. You don’t have to always feel rushed.
You can chill. You can relax. And when you do relax you’ll suddenly get a lot more done and have a lot more time.
When you stop feeling rushed and learn to relax, life gets easier
For starters, when you relax you tend to be more efficient. You get things done to a higher standard.
Imagine you’re trying to send your resume off to new prospective employees. I’m just giving this example because it’s something I myself was doing literally two minutes ago.
So you want to get a new job. You think to yourself “The more people I send my resume to, the more chance I have of getting a job”. So you start sending it off to as many people as possible as quickly as possible.
Before you know it ten, maybe twenty prospective employees have your resume. But then— (you know where I’m going here don’t you)—you suddenly realise that you put a typo in your resume because you rushed. So now ten / twenty employees have your error-laden resume.
Oops. You now then feel stressed (and a little stupid) because of your mistake. Your rushing achieved nothing. That’s a mistake I used to make when I used to always feel rushed.
When you always feel rushed, you make mistakes. This typo is just one hilarious example.
But just why exactly, do you feel rushed all the time
I wanted to know the answer to that question so I enquired with several clever Facebook friends and also did some research.
The best answer seems to be that you’re suffering from Excessive time-urgency.
“Excessive time-urgency is a classic component of Type-A behavior. People who are overly time-oriented have a greater risk of cardiovascular and other health problems than more patient individuals. Excessive time-urgency is not conducive to effective stress-mastery, since one is constantly keeping one’s body at high anxiety and stress levels.”
You can read the full article over on the PsychCentral blog.
If you suffer from Time Urgency you become too concerned about schedules, deadlines, or just about rushing in general as you try to bite off more than you can chew. Your more worried about the future than about living in the moment.
When you place too much emphasis on time you put unnecessary stress on yourself.
That stress prevents you from working efficiently, but it also affects your mind and body. It leads to anxiety and worry as you run around like a headless chicken.
Trust me, I’ve been there. I used to dash about like a mad man trying to get a bazillion things done, and I’d end up in more of a mess than I started in.
So what’s the solution to this time urgency? How do you stop feeling rushed all the time?
No doubt different people will have different answers. But for me the answer came from mindfulness.
I learnt that I could do everything that I needed to do and do it in a mindful way.
No matter what I was doing I would focus on that one thing absolutely. If I was cleaning the dishes I’d focus on cleaning the dishes and absolutely nothing else would enter my mind until those dishes were looking all sparkly clean. If I was cooking I would do Zen Cooking.
You can always be mindful.
In my experience there is literally nothing that you can’t do mindfully.
You can wake up mindfully, be mindful throughout the day, and then go to bed mindfully. And in my experience (and in the experience of other people I have taught mindfulness too), when you’re mindful you get more done and everything you do is generally done to a higher quality.
You also don’t get stressed when you’re mindful. You don’t feel like you’re in a frantic rush. You feel calm, still, and tranquil. It’s a much better mindset to be in.
So how do you do it? How do you stop feeling rushed all the time?
Well. I’ve gone and helped you out here. I’ve create a comprehensive guide to being mindful throughout your day. This guide will teach you how to do everything you need to do, just in a mindful way.
It’s a guide to being you, but a chilled, relaxed, mindful you.
I can’t wait to hear what you think about it after you’ve read it.