This year, I vacationed on the island of Sardinia, Italy, renting a rustic stone home, or stazzu, with friends. Since I never set up my international cellular plan and there was only a weak satellite connection, I had no Internet for a week. It was heaven. All we did was sleep, run, sit on the beach with books, amble the local markets and prepare a local feast each night.
I still feel a twinge of guilt, though, as millions of Americans do. I have to remind myself of the benefits of slowing down.
1. It absolutely improves your performance.
2. It improves your relationships. No-brainer there.
3. It lets you see what you really want.
When I finally got honest with myself a few years ago that I wanted a different life, one that was slower and more fulfilling than the business I was in at the time, I had no idea how to get there. So I started by creating space. First it was no work after yoga at night, then it was work free weekends. I was scared I would get fired, but I ended up being more refreshed and smarter at work.
But the biggest benefit was that it allowed me feel more joyful so that I had the energy to make changes, to see the bigger picture and stay focused on what was important and to approach massive, heart stopping changes like quitting my job or falling in love more calmly. Often the best insights came to me when I was folding laundry.
Today I work with smart, driven clients on setting their own boundaries to create what’s important to them. Here are some of my best tips:
1. Set a clear boundary with time and technology.
Try these, or create your own: