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This is a guest post by Adam Maidment from NeoMam Studios – a visual information agency. Outside of work, he’s a writer and blogger, gamer and movie fan and will usually be found live-tweeting one movie or another on Twitter.

Have you ever felt like time was simply slipping away from you? Perhaps the reverse is more of an occurrence for you – the feeling that time just seemed to simply drag on and on.

The thought of having the power and ability to slow down time is something that surely just belongs in a futuristic world of science fiction, right?
Well, apparently not.

Time perception is simply how someone experiences the passage of time or is simply just aware of its passing.

As you get older, time seems to go by much quicker. The simplest way of explaining this is to look at a baby.

When a baby would celebrate its first birthday, that year would represent 100% of its life. Flash forward to an 18 year old celebrating their birthday and one year would represent only 5.56% of their life.

As you get older, you live through more years and this in turn would help to feel like each additional year goes by much quicker – simply because it’s a smaller portion of our lives.

So, what exactly can we do about time perception? And is there any way to slow down time?

The latest infographic from Key Retirement has taken to finding out five of the most effective ways that help us slow down our perception of time and have more of it. Whilst we may have no control on the aging process, we can make our days feel a bit more substantial.

With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at the five suggested methods of ‘slowing down time’.

5 Things We Can Do to Slow Down Time

1. Mindfulness.

The benefits to mindfulness, meditation and yoga are endless. Not only can they help massively in stress relief and calming down, but they can also help to keep you focused and create a state of ‘hyper-awareness’ to help shut out distractions.

2. Breaking down routines.

Sticking to a routine can be pretty destructive when it comes to time flying by. By filling your time with new experiences, your perception of time will take a little longer as you’ll be paying extra attention.

3. Setting goals.

Being organized and setting goals will not only help to slow down time but to also give you a sense of accomplishment and pride, along with getting your daily tasks done. Set yourself realistic goals and strict time allowances that will help to get things done.

4. Be curious.

By making an effort to keep your brain active, you’ll be able to ground yourself in the present moment much more easily – as well as being able to learn new skills and topics.

5. Catch your breath.

By simply taking up on some simple breathing exercises you can become more aware of time passing. Being aware of your breathing will help make things easier for you to pause and experience the moment, as it happens.

So, next time you feel that time is slipping far away just remember your new found understanding of how to make time slow down, and live your life to the fullest.

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off 26

How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.

 

Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!

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David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.