90% of all stress (and mistakes) in the workplace are a result of time pressure.
Not a fact – I’ve just made this up; however, after working in professional services for the past 8 years, my personal experience tells me that it must be about right – for that population anyway!
Time pressure is real people! This is not Kim Kardashian’s ass!
You must get married and have kids by 30.
You must make millions by 40.
You must get to work by 9am – produce products, pack shelves, write reports, deliver training, attend meetings, implement changes and meet targets by 5pm – get home and have your dinner by 6pm and be in bed by 10pm!
But life is changing!
Younger generations are starting to realise that they have plenty of time to settle down, a quality lifestyle outweighs a large bank balance, and living freely is a realistic option.
This being said, some people don’t have the knowledge, skill or desire to live freely; a young family, a large bank balance and a stable income is what they dream of (which is fine).
Regardless of your thoughts on freedom and happiness, your life is ruled, and, by definition, restricted, by time.
So what happens when you eliminate it once in a while?
How to eliminate time
Whether it’s for a day, a weekend or a two-week holiday, just try spending some time without time.
What do I mean?… No scheduling, no plans, no watches, no clocks, no to-do’s and no commitments!
Just live – it’s amazing how free and rested you feel operating within your body’s natural rhythms.
Horny? You know the rest!
Just imagine a world without time! Nothing to log, nothing to stick to and nothing to be late for.
Imagine drifting around at your own pace, doing whatever you want, whenever you want; enjoying the simplicities of life.
You see, one thing that separates us from animals (other than appreciating quality content from My Home Vitality) is that we’re always analysing our past and future – great for the survival of cavemen, but not so good for finding peace in a frenetic world.
What if we took some advice from our household pets and “live in the now?”
Would you make the most of the present moment?
Would you spend more time with people?
Would you be happier?
Now, I must admit, I am not very good at disconnecting. Prioritising and executing is a habit that serves me well in most situations; however, there’s no doubt I’ve befitted from living timelessly every so often, it’s like a holiday for the mind.
Living freely also excites me – What will I do today? Where will I go? Who will I see?
I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count.
– Jack Dawson (Titanic)
I understand that this is an extreme version of living and, for many, “the future” is what life is about – leaving a legacy, building a beautiful family and having a grand country home with a vegetable patch and three dogs!
But don’t save up sex for old age! If we spend too much time chasing the future, we miss the beauty of now!
I’m not saying drop all your future plans and head for the nearest park bench but try living timelessly every so often. It will add little spice and spontaneity to your life, reboot your natural system and diminish your stresses.
You can thank me later! 😉
Time isn’t real, ain’t s#*t on my wrists, let go of everything, then you have bliss
– G-Eazy (Let’s Get Lost)