5 Ways to Slow Down Time

how to slow down time

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 to Look and Sound More Confident

How to Look and Sound More Confident

We associate confident people with success. But does confidence lead to success, or does success lead to confidence?

It’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest that working on your confidence levels will indeed boost your achievements in the workplace.

The thing about confidence is that it works two ways.

On the one hand, exude confidence and your clients and colleagues will have confidence in you – self-belief is very reassuring to others!

In fact, for better or worse, the mere appearance of confidence can be more likely to get you a promotion than your actual ability! When you think of some of the dubious phonies who’ve leapfrogged you in the past, it kinda makes sense, right?

And on the other hand, confidence builds confidence within yourself. When you adopt the look and the sound of the self-assured, you begin to feel bolder on the inside. You take risks and put yourself forward for opportunities you might otherwise not have. You begin to work with clear, bold strokes rather than inching ahead in half-measures.

Great – so how to create that feeling? Well, in the long-term, you can use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to deal with the underlying causes of your indecisiveness and lack of confidence. But in the short run, getting the aforementioned look and sound of self-belief is a fairly simple matter of adjusting the way you speak, listen, and move.

If you’re particularly shy, try starting with your hands.

Keep them out of your pockets.

Burying your hands in your pockets instantly gives the (possibly correct) impression that you are nervous or uncertain.

And even the (hopefully incorrect) impression that you are dishonest or lazy. Keeping your palms open and faced upwards is a way of opening up to those around you and exuding trust.

Likewise, a firm handshake of around two-five seconds communicates warmth and self-assuredness. A limp handshake, on the other hand, might create the impression that you feel out of your depth. And an over-strong handshake always feels like the giver is trying to prove something!

The next steps are to work on your eye contact and the way that you intone your sentences.

This can be a bit much to think about when you’re struggling with what you actually want to say. Which is why it’s best to start with the other stuff first.

But take it one stage at a time and you can gradually build a confident manner that will start to perpetuate itself by making you feel strong on the inside. For a full guide to the remaining tweaks, you can make to get that feeling, run through this new infographic from Poundplace.

 

Build your confidence back up, and success will surely follow.

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