Feel like life is racing by? Here’s how you can use intentional living to slow time down.
HOW INTENTIONAL LIVING CAN SLOW TIME DOWN
You know that feeling where one minute it’s January 1st and the next it’s December 31st and you’ve no idea where the time has gone? Or when you can’t believe that your birthday has come around AGAIN so quickly?
It turns out that the older we get, the more likely it is we will feel this way. Many of us really do have the sensation that time is going faster.
I’ve come across several theories about it. The one that really piques my curiosity is that we perceive the passing of time based on the fresh experiences we have. This is because we use the number of new memories we form to gauge how much time has passed.
So someone looking back on a year where most weeks are taken up by an established routine, with few new experiences, will have the sensation that time is shrinking.
Of course, there is a well known saying that ‘time flies when you’re having fun’, which is absolutely spot on, it really does feel like fun experiences go by in the blink of an eye.
So does this contradict the theory? Well, apparently it’s all about when we are perceiving time. Our perception of time whilst we’re living it and our perception of time when we’re looking back on it.
Days spent on the hamster wheel of routine of life may seem to grind by whilst you’re in them, but when you look back, the days merge into one, with no real standout moments. Time feels like it has shrunk.
On the flip side, days filled with new and fun experiences fly by when you’re living them, but take up a seemingly larger percentage of time when you look back on them because you have created standout memories.
WANT TO SLOW TIME DOWN?
If you feel like life is flashing past at a rate of knots and you just can’t step off the hamster wheel of routine it might be time to start living more intentionally.
Living intentionally is a great way to quell the sensation of time passing by too quickly. By creating a blueprint for living a more intentional life, a life where you focus on the things that are important to you and move away from the things that aren’t actually important, you enable yourself to create space for new and fun experiences.
That said, the goal of living intentionally isn’t to kick certain stuff into touch only to race to fill your time with new and different stuff. There is an art to taking life at a pace that works for you, creating an ebb and flow for your life that gives you the time, space and energy to fill your life with fulfilling experiences.
Read my post on Intentional Living and Why You Might Need It to start to understand what intentional living is and how you can start to live your life with more intention.