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Why do people feel so rushed these days?  With so many time saving tools and appliances why are we still finding it hard to find free time?

Whether you are studying, working or raising a family, how do you find the time to do all the things you love...or to simply take time out and do nothing...has time become our greatest luxury?

 

 

 

 

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I think you answered your own question. It's 3:26am and you're still up and trying to squeeze in one more thing in your day (write a post in this forum) :)

I grew up in a simpler time when our definition of time was quite different. We basically went to school in the morning and then we'd come home in the afternoon and play outside until the sun went down (and oftentimes we kept playing until after the sun went down too...). When I was young the days seemed long, the school year seemed to last forever :D , but so did the summer break too!

Seems to me that the older I get, the faster time seems to go. And don't get me wrong, I'm in no rush to get to the finish line :lol: . It just feels that time goes really fast as you grow older. I started realizing this when I was in my early 30s, married with 2 young kids, and it felt as if 24hrs were not enough to accomplish all I needed to do in a day.

But then, as I was getting closer to my 40s I realized that I had to change my ways. I had to slow down the pace a bit and enjoy life. It was not easy, but I made some decisions which did change my life and the life of my family.

As a start, I decided that no matter what I want to spend a minimum of one month in Greece every summer. This seemed impossible to do at the time, not only because it was difficult to do financially (a trip to Greece every summer for 4 people for a full month would cost us around $20,000), but it was mostly a problem making arrangements with my job at the time to take so much time off at once. As a result, I decided to change my work habits and pick my jobs based on my new requirement. It took me a couple of years to make some lifestyle (and work) adjustments to accommodate all this, but I eventually managed to make this happen. I've been visiting Greece every summer, with my whole family, for the past 10 years for 4-6 weeks long vacations. It was not easy, but it was not that hard to do either. It just took some planning and some determination on my part to change my life.

In addition to this, I made several other small lifestyle changes like spending 10-15 minutes every day to slow down and enjoy my coffee (instead of having one on the run).

At the end of the day it's our life, and it should be our decision how we'll live it. It's not a rat race. I understand that sometimes we're put into situations where we need to do this, and then this, and then that...work longer hours to make more money so that you can pay the rent or the mortgage or your car payment or whatever else.

But what if we would stop for a minute, and think what do we really need? What's more important to us? And then prioritize, and make choices and decisions based on what really matters.

It's not easy, but it's not that hard either to make life-changing decisions. It's just a matter of wanting to do it.

Your life is yours to live, and your (short...) time on this earth is yours to enjoy. 

 

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On 9/25/2018 at 12:25 PM, Jen said:

Why do people feel so rushed these days?  With so many time saving tools and appliances why are we still finding it hard to find free time?

Whether you are studying, working or raising a family, how do you find the time to do all the things you love...or to simply take time out and do nothing...has time become our greatest luxury?

 

 

 

Because these days people are trying to do more things.  People feel like they can do more things.

30 years ago, adults simply went to work and came home.  Now, adults are like kids and feel like they have to do more than just go to work.

You just need to keep in mind that as an adult, you can't do everything.  Need to prioritize.

 

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