We watch the clock. We believe that time is controlling our days and nights. But really?
I didn’t notice when “productivity” became the twenty-first century buzz word. But this idea isn’t new. Success is measured in terms of output and acquisition, right? At social functions, people ask, “And what do you do?” After all, the one who does the most and earns the most in the least time wins, right?
Once, I sat with eleven others through a two-hour meeting on time management that could have been emailed in a few bullet points. By productivity standards, a twenty-four hour meeting. At the end of it, people anxiously said, “I don’t have time for this, I’m already behind.” Overstressed, they rushed off to make needless mistakes due to self-imposed pressure.
Build a valid case that you don’t have time in your day to step back, over and over, for a slow easy breath.
Can you go into “conscious neutral” for sixty seconds? I don’t mean time spent web surfing or answering emails. And not TV time, or reading time. I mean conscious time for yourself with no other agenda than to allow your well to fill back up for one minute. Come on, you can hold your breath longer than that.
When we relax, concentration goes up, blood pressure goes down.
Happiness goes up, anxiety goes down. Truth is, you will never find time, the way you find your keys or those papers you have been looking for. You have to schedule it. Aren’t you (and your health) worth sixty seconds?
This blog post was contributed by Scott Lennox, LCSW at the Behavioral Health Services Center at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth.