Like most people, I have so much work and things to do I have to prioritize my priorities. I also come from a family where most waking moments are spent being productive in some way. It’s hard to buck your upbringing; and the good old days of real slack time or down times at work have pretty much disappeared.
Lately I have made a concerted effort to rein in my need or impulse to keep going, to pack in everything I need to do and not rest until it’s done. Instead, I decided to leave some things undone or off my timetable. This leaves me a break to relax and unwind–a bucket of balls at the driving range, beach combing for sea glass, reading, listening to birdsong, or just sitting on the porch watching lighting bugs (and going out to catch a few…the girl inside still lives.)
All of the above being said, it is not an automatic reflex to stop and take time. So here is what I did–I set aside short times for stopping. This translates for me into Stop analyzing. Stop worrying. Stop planning. And simply do nothing for awhile and let my mind empty out.
Do you find it hard to stop? If so, how do you get yourself to go off the tracks?