Imagine being able to slow down time. What would you do? How would you be? How would the world look to you? What possibilities or opportunities would you see that you were too busy to see before? And that’s just it, isn’t it? We are just too busy. I for one am tired of all this busy-ness. In fact it’s making me tired just thinking about it! Don’t get me wrong, I have been an absolute genius at being busy. I used to pride myself on it. Now though, I realise in the midst of being busy I would lose my self. I would disconnect from what was important while I frantically tried to cram as much into my life as possible. I realised I had to change for my sanity and for my health.
Are you a “busy” person?
Does this resonate with you? Have ever thought to yourself, “I just don’t have enough time.” Or said to someone else, “I’m just so busy at the moment.”
If you feel you are “too busy” then you are unintentionally perceiving time in a limiting way. If we are seeing time through the eyes of “too busy” or “not enough time” then time appears to keep speeding up and we feel like we are on a hamster wheel that’s getting faster and faster and faster!
Being Busy puts us in Survival Mode
A consequence of this is that we unintentionally trigger our fight or flight response. For example, we want to do X, Y and Z, but we think to ourselves, ‘oh no, there’s not enough time’. Our brain reads this as a threat and so our body goes into survival mode. This is counter productive for us because this response compromises our ability to think clearly and calmly, making the situation even worse.
Let’s all slow down and slow down time too!
So I’m proposing we slow down time. Well, kind of anyway. We can’t actually slow down time, but what we can do is change our perception of how time passes. Our perception of our reality is something we do have influence over.
Think about it, at times we view time as passing slowly and at other times really quickly. Ask yourself when time has seemed to move slowly. Have you ever been in a rush in the post office queue, and been aware of time going really slowly? Have you noticed that when you are enjoying yourself, or in the flow of something, time seems to just fly by? Objective time exists but our experience of time is subjective.
So time pressure, or feeling under pressure in general, is less about time and more about how we emotionally relate to time. If we can change our perception and emotions around time then we are on track for using time wisely and being much more productive then we ever were when we felt “busy”.
So how do you stop ‘busy-ness’ and slow down time to get relaxed and productive?
I found out recently that athletes often are taught ‘time distortion’ in sports. This is about being really present in the moment, being completely focused and attuned to everything that is happening around them, to such a degree that everything seems to be happening slower. We can utilise this too. Exciting eh?
Sounds awesome, but how?
Well I want you to take yourself back to a time where time appeared to move very slowly. You were moving at your usual pace, but time seemed to be super slow. My example would be on the running machine. My personal trainer says to me, “Claire you’ve only got 20 more seconds!”. I’m thinking that those seconds are the longest seconds in my life! Interestingly I am still running at my same pace, but time seems slower.
As you take yourself back to a similar experience, ask yourself what you believe about time in that moment. For me, in that moment I believe that time passes slowly.
Next anchor this feeling of time moving slowly to a word or a phrase. I use “Time is moving so slowly”. It can also be really helpful for your brain if you develop a posture that goes with this too. For me I slowly and deliberately slow down my breath.
Then imagine your day ahead with time passing slowly, lots and lots and lots of time to be productive, to relax and to be purposeful with your focus.
Tah dah! And congratulations- you have successfully slowed down your perception of time so now say goodbye to frantic busy-ness and hello to calm and centred productivity!
I really hope you have found this blog useful. If you want to discuss ‘time travel’ (!) further than I would love to hear from you. You can email me on .