Life is full and busy for just about everyone I know and come across…work, family, exercise, planning, socialising, but hang on, let’s just slow down.
I’ve always aimed at having a Slow Home, as it’s more latterly referred to, a place of serenity, a space to think, share and take time to reflect. This has never been easy, and certainly when our boys were young and combined with busy careers, it seemed almost impossible. But as time goes on and the important things in life become more obvious, it all gets a little clearer. Moving from multi tasking to single tasking has made me more attentive, less focused with what’s next and how much there is to do.
To achieve anything I need to clear my mind first; yoga and meditation help me to focus, nature and art inspire me, work gives me great satisfaction and spending time with my family and friends helps me cherish the important things in life. Only in recent years have I realised I need to do only one of these things at a time – I used to pride myself in multi tasking, I was great at it, balancing a busy work life with family and home, planning the next holiday whilst watching a film on tv. Nowadays social media has taken over and it’s always to be combined with another task so as not to ‘waste’ time. But I am learning to ‘Single Task’ – taking time to focus on where I am and what I’m doing; actually putting mindfulness into practice.
I’m loving my single tasking life – it’s taken me a long time to realise multi tasking is not the way to go. Whilst single tasking, I am making more of the serenity of our home, the yoga practice, the walks with friends, the meals with family, and being in the moment, not thinking what’s next. My conversations are more engrossing and contemplative. I’ve begun to appreciate time flies, so it’s time to slow down to create the Slow Home that I desire.