READ ME: This is where all your time is going
One of our favourite topics to talk about on The Reset retreats is time. Because we always say “I’m too busy” or “where does the time go?” But we’re never quite sure how to gain back time that seems to have got lost in the craziness of life.
Here are two ways that time is slipping away from you that you need to address now.
Sorry ladies but here’s a horrible truth for you: multitasking isn’t a thing. Not for men or women!
The brain processes things in serial – one thing after another. Just like a computer, we’re actually physically incapable of processing two things at the same time.
When we multitask all we are really doing is switching between tasks very quickly. It might only be 0.2-0.5 seconds to switch tasks, but that really starts to add up if we’re doing it over a prolonged period of time. And that time gets longer if we are tired, stressed or anxious. A recipe for more time to slip away from us.
And those gaps in between? They’re dead time where you’re achieving absolutely nothing. What a total waste of your precious minutes!
Want to hang on to your time? Start to focus on one thing at a time. Reduce distractions and notice when you’re trying to do more than one thing. It will make things quicker in the long run.
You’re living in default mode
Do you notice how often you do things on autopilot? It’s not inherently good or bad. But can you think now of an example of of something you’ve done in autopilot without even realising?
Numerous cognitive neuroscientists have conducted studies that have revealed that only 5% of our cognitive activities (decisions, emotions, actions, behaviour) is conscious whereas the remaining 95% is generated in a non-conscious manner.
95 percent of brain activity is beyond our conscious awareness.
Default mode has been linked with stress, anxiety and depression. Default mode is also associated with reduced cognitive performance – which means reduced work and study performance.
How do you gain back time? Start being mindful.
Mindfulness is awareness that arises by paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.
Becoming mindful doesn’t have to involve long periods meditating. That will of course help strengthen the practice. But it’s something that we can incorporate into everyday life.
The practise of mindful meditation is prolonging the experience of a sensation, or an experience, training your attention to really focus at depth on that experience.
Squeezing more juice out of the good moments. Or the quiet moments!
And it’s a deeper way to approach reality. Being in the here and now. Not distracted and with our minds somewhere else. So time wont just slip away with you – you’ll be fully present and noticing what is happening and what you are doing with your time at moments throughout the day.
Want to give it a try? We have a one minute mindfulness exercise you can do anywhere, anytime. Listen now.
What do you think? This is only a brief look at this fascinating topic and we go into far more depth on our retreats.
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