Monday, February 10, 2014
My year of less is more: 10 reasons why doing less feels strange
As you well know by now I'm aiming to slow down this year. And am particularly aiming to start the year off slowly to leave room for the unknowns. But after going fast for so long, I have to confess it is truly strange!
Here's what I'm finding strange about not being madly busy:
1. I feel like there is something a bit wrong with me for not being really busy.
2. You don't get a lot of admiring comments when you do less! You get lots of that when you're super busy.
3. I'm actually saying yes to one-offs more often than no. To spontaneous things like having a friend for a meal or inviting in unexpected visitors for a chat and a cup of tea.
4. I don't feel exhausted all the time
5. Cooking dinner doesn't feel like a mountain too high to climb
6. I have time to text a friend and see how they're going instead of just being consumed by ME, me, me!
7. I'll actually pray for people when I say I will - more than once sometimes.
8. I didn't feel stressed when my husband told me about an extra weekend away he's speaking on this year.
9. I spent the weekend reading a book and felt OK that I hadn't done any housework because there is still time during the week to do it.
10. I haven't woken once in a 4am mad panic yet, which has a been a standard February event for the past five years.
I'm starting to get a little concerned that I'm going to lose my busy mojo and once anything mildly more busy comes along I'll be a mess! In some ways it feels a bit like some kind of withdrawal - maybe an adrenaline withdrawal. I have to resist the temptation to ramp it up again to get back those feelings of value and importance that come alongside busyness. I think I need to learn how to find value in less.