When you don’t seem to have enough time, the best answer is to step away. I know this seems counterintuitive, as the world will tell you that you need to pick up the pace and just “deal with it,” but I’ve never been one to conform to the rest of the world. Stepping away allows you to reevaluate all that is currently happening in your life, and will help you see the full, big picture. In the thick of busyness, it is easy to come up with excuses as to why we can’t make time for being still, but these are the moments that we actually need stillness the most.
So, why do I call this practice “stepping away?” Because it’s easy for you, the reader, to visualize this exercise. If it means that you actually need to walk away from everything in order to see clearly again, then by all means do so, however this fits into your schedule. But if it just means that you need to take a break and come back to everything, then please know that taking an hour break from things isn’t what slows down progress. The only thing that slows down progress is the practice of doing things with no passion, which is usually a sign that you need to step away, anyway.
Stepping away is so important in these chaotic times, because it allows for a realignment of priorities to take place. It gives you a new perspective of the world around you, and it helps you appreciate all that you already have. In fact, without stepping away from things, there can be no clarity.
So, I leave you with a few questions to ask yourself in these moments of feeling the need to step away:
Can I become better from stepping away?
What does stepping away look like for me?
How can I be more effective after stepping away?