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When was the last time you felt you really needed a break, to step back from the hustle and bustle of daily living, from rushing from one scheduled appointment to another ? Many believe that the time has come to Slow Down. CNN.com’s John Blake writes that the “Slow Movement” wants you to ease up and chill out.

Has being overworked become a status symbol? “Time is the most precious thing we have,” says Edgar Cahn, a leader in this movement. “Every hour you live, you never get back.”

I agree completely. Here are a few things you might like to do to Slow Down:

  • Spend at least half an hour a day doing some thing you enjoy which is not related to your work
  • Have fixed times to check your email instead of doing it all through the work day- or later
  • Develop a new interest – something you have always longed to do- but didn’t have time for
  • Make it known that you value your time but be sensitive to others needs for their own time and space
  • Develop your own system for clearing the most important stuff. This leaves you with time to do other things as well.

Time, says Cahn, doesn’t have any monetary value attached to it. One can’t deposit a block of time in the bank or buy a loaf of bread with it. Yet it’s essential to have enough of it to live well and make democracy work.

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