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How To Slow Down Time: The No Bullshit Guide

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In today’s world, time seems to be moving faster than ever. We are constantly bombarded with new information, and it feels like there is never enough time to get everything done. This can be incredibly frustrating when it comes to our careers. How can we achieve our goals if time keeps slipping away? In this article, I will share with you the secret to slowing down time and the studies behind why it works.

Information overload

Information overload is one of the biggest problems we face today. We are constantly bombarded with new information, and it can be challenging to keep up. Not only is this overwhelming, but it can also lead to time wasted trying to process all of this information. It can be difficult to focus on our careers when so much is happening around us.

Scientists have measured the amount of data that enters the brain and found that an average person living today processes as much as 74 GB of information a day. 500 years ago, 74 GB of information would be what the equivalent of a multiple noble prize winner would receive in a lifetime, through books and stories.

We are constantly bombarded with new information from all sides. Whether through our careers/businesses, the internet, television, social media, or just our everyday lives, we are constantly taking in new data. This can be overwhelming and lead to time wasted trying to process everything. So how is “slowing down time” related to all this? The secret is not in the time we keep track of through watches and days but in our Mind Time.

Understanding ‘Mind Time’

Mind time is a term that Cambridge University scientists created to describe how we perceive time as we age. It is different from the time we track with watches and days and is based more on our memories and how we remember things. Our mind time is the rate at which we process-visualizations and experiences.

When we are engaged in new and exciting experiences, time seems to slow down at that moment. For example, think of an exciting day where minutes felt like hours? Can you recall how much you got to experience or learn something new during that time? This is our mind time working for us. It can also work the opposite.

Time seems to speed up when we are bored or do something mundane. This is because our brain is processing less information. After all, we have “experienced it,” so our brain doesn’t make it into its mind time. See how you are losing time now?

How To Trick your Mind Time to Slow Down

Now that you understand how mind time works, what is the secret to slowing down time? It’s simple; you balance your Mind Time and cause it to perceive time slower. This balance is determined by the switch between adrenaline/cortisol (stress), and dopamine/serotonin(happiness) levels to process information. Your brain NEEDS both combinations. The key is to find ways to keep your brain actively processing data in a balance that doesn’t lean too far into these two chemical combinations in the brain. This takes dedication and practice but doing this every day can give you at least 2-3 hours a day of your time back.

Journaling

Journaling is a great way to keep your mind time active and slowed down. In journaling, you are actively taking in new information and processing it. This can help you focus on your career and keep track of your goals and progress.

Not only is journaling great for time management, but it can also be a form of self-care. When you take the time to write out your thoughts and feelings, it can be constructive in releasing any negative emotions you may be feeling. It can also help you to reflect on your day and find ways to improve for the next day.

You don’t have to write a novel or even more than a few sentences; write something down. A word, a sentence, even save an image.

Get Yourself Organized

Organize your business & personal life. This will help you reduce the amount of information you are taking in, making it easier for your mind to process the experiences that truly matter. Get an efficient digital calendar and a life/career manager. I use ClickUp (it’s free) as a way to organize my personal and business life.

One study found that when people were asked to focus on multiple tasks at once, they perceived time as passing more quickly than when they only focused on one task. This is because our brain has to switch between tasks, which takes time and energy. When we focus on just one thing, our brain can work more efficiently and process the other information.

Use the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro technique is all about short bursts of productivity and reward. You work for 25 minutes and then take a five-minute break (or reward yourself with the equivalent). After four Pomodoros, you take a longer break of 20 minutes or more (or reward yourself higher). Your reward to yourself can be anything that provides the dopamine/serotonin portion of your brain. Just be careful of abusing this reward system.

This technique is based on the theory that if we break down time into manageable chunks, we can get more done and feel less overwhelmed.

Spend Less Time In Your Mind

From all the previous points I made, we spend too much time “thinking” about what’s next. This is time that we could be using to DO something. This is why the next point I want to make is:

Stop dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, and live in the present moment.

This doesn’t mean you should forget your goals or ignore your responsibilities. You have that written down somewhere if you followed my tip about getting organized; it just means that you should focus on what you can do right now to move closer to your goals. And when you’re finished with that task, move on to the next one. Flip a coin if you have to make a decision, and remember you control how “fun” that task can be.

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