Discovering The Art of Slow Living

February 27, 2017

Being busy doesn't always make you happy or successful end the glorification of busy and discover the art of slow living and choose to simplify your lifeThis year I’ve been making a real effort to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. Whether that’s taking 5 minutes to sit quietly and enjoy my morning coffee or taking time away from my desk to enjoy a walk in the countryside. I’m focusing on allowing myself to enjoy the moment and slow down and discovering the art of slow living.

Ending The Glorification of busy

Being busy doesn't always make you happy or successful end the glorification of busy and discover the art of slow living and choose to simplify your lifeI don’t want to be a ‘girlboss’ (does anyone else really hate that term or is it just me) working all hours and constantly hustling. With no time for friends and family. I never want to be the person who responds with ‘busy’ when asked how they’ve been. I don’t want to be the person who always cancels plans because of work or worse never makes plans claiming they’re just so busy. I want to be the kind of person who has time of the people in my life and doing the things that matter to me.

Telling people how busy you are, doesn’t make you any more important or successful. You can still be successful if you slow down. Simplifying your life and choosing to slow down doesn’t make you lazy or mean you don’t work hard. It shows you have chosen to focus on what’s important to you and define your own success. We don’t need to be constantly hustling or working 14 hours a day to be successful. Being busy is not a badge of honour nor does it equal success.

I’m seeing more and more people define success on their own terms. Success doesn’t have to be about always working and building a career. Success is about deciding what’s important to you and focusing on that.

Being busy doesn't always make you happy or successful end the glorification of busy and discover the art of slow living and choose to simplify your lifeSlowing Down and Simplifying Life

Slow living isn’t about quitting your job and moving to the middle of nowhere nor is it about long lies and the pretty coffees you see on Instagram. It’s about deciding what’s important to you can focusing on that. When you have a clear focus you can start eliminating the noise and reducing the busyness. This can be as simple as sitting in and giving yourself time to enjoy your coffee rather than grabbing a cup on the go. Slow down to enjoy the moment and stop rushing from one thing to another embrace the here and now.

Take time to organise your life so you have more time for what you enjoy. This could be as simple as setting up automatic payments to save time paying bills or planning a free afternoon each week to get outdoors. Spend less time watching TV in the evening and read a book or go for a walk instead. Reduce the amount of time you spend on Social Media. We now have phone free Fridays in my house. Everyone’s phone is turned off and put upstairs out the way at 5 pm. This is fast becoming my favourite night of the week, not because of the gin but because we actually talk to each other rather than just sit in the same room on our phones. It’s only a couple of hours a week but it really helps to simplify our lives.

Being busy doesn't always make you happy or successful end the glorification of busy and discover the art of slow living and choose to simplify your lifeSlow is not lazy

In the same way that busy doesn’t equal successful choosing to simplify and slow down doesn’t make you lazy. My life isn’t one big holiday, I do work hard and yes there is plenty of hustling going on. However, I don’t prioritise this. If I want to have a more relaxed morning or take the dog on a long walk in the countryside, then I will. I don’t over plan my days instead I have only a few priority tasks to complete to allow myself a flexible routine. The option is there but I will never choose to work to 11 pm. I would rather relax in the evening and that doesn’t make me lazy. It means I’m able to manage my time to finish my work at a sensible time.

Being busy doesn't always make you happy or successful end the glorification of busy and discover the art of slow living and choose to simplify your life

Being busy doesn't always make you happy or successful end the glorification of busy and discover the art of slow living and choose to simplify your life

End the glorification of busy and start embracing the art of slow living. Slow down and simplify your life making more time for things that really matter to you
End the glorification of busy and start embracing the art of slow living. Simplify your life and make time for what really matters to you.


23 responses to “Discovering The Art of Slow Living”

  1. Katie says:

    I totally agree; I’m not sure when busy became a competition and a sign of value. I’m living a full life because of choices I make on how to spend my time not how much time I’m spending.

  2. Jillian Lare says:

    Love this. I have to remember that “slow living” does not equal spending downtime bingeing on social media, news, and internet. When I spend too much of my downtime doing those things, I do feel lazy and unproductive.

  3. Caroline says:

    Love love love this post Jen. 🙂
    It is definitely something I’m easing into and finding my own way with and I couldn’t agree more with the ‘girl boss’ term. I dislike it also and agree whole heartedly that we all should define our own success and success is different to everyone.
    More like this. 🙂


  4. Ella says:

    I find it hard to slow down during the week but in the weekend I like to take some time to relax. I guess, I still need to become a master in slow living… but I’m trying! Your post is really inspiring!

    • Jen says:

      It’s hard to slow down when you have work and family to deal with but even 5 mins with a coffee helps. I’ve totally embraced the slow weekends taking time to potter around the house, walk the dog etc helps me feel more relaxed and motivated come Monday

  5. Laura says:

    I love this. I have and sometimes still am the person that responds with busy. I have vowed this year it will be different and
    Whole heartedly embracing slow living

  6. dynise says:

    Just discovered your blog and I love it. I left a high-pressure job in advertising (e.g., I was a girl boss. Gag). I’ve been happily self employed for awhile now and slow life is SO much better.

    • Jen says:

      How wonderful to hear you’ve changed your life and are happier now you’ve slowed down. So much more to life than money and corporate success x

  7. Nadia says:

    Hi, I love this article! I’m a student and I often hear people talking about wanting to climb the ranks of the work place and be CEOs and lawyers. I’m constantly bombarded by my university with how ‘important’ it is to be networking and constantly thinking of my career, making sure I spend every waking hour doing all I can to get ahead of the competition. But honestly I just want a slow pace of life. I don’t want to be always thinking about my job. I love my home and family, good food, early mornings and quiet times. I struggle with people constantly questioning why I don’t enjoy clubbing or why I don’t want to be a doctor or anything else they think a 20 year old student ‘should’ be doing. I wish more people shared your perspective! There’s no point having the stressful job to earn lots of money if you never have the time to actually enjoy it

  8. Janet says:

    Love this. So true <3

  9. Laura says:

    I have never read an article that I shouted (in my head) YES SO many times! I am on a journey to have less of things that do not enrich my life and more time with people! Great words to help change this crazy culture that busy is a badge of honor.

  10. Kath Gilbert says:

    Beautiful! This really struck a chord with me, thank you Jen!

  11. Amy says:

    A nice, relaxing, and articulate article. Ive recently chosen a slower lifestyle by changing my career. My days are slower but im also trying to minimalize and organise. I did not know that the sheer processes of simplifying ones life would give so much peace of mind.
    I believe that a picture tells a thousand words. Your message and pictures have possibly sparked a determination to give myself “The Gift of a Year” of simplicity, slow living, and meaningful life to achieve that largom feeling of living.

  12. Heather says:

    I also really hate “girlboss”.

  13. Leziga B says:

    I really enjoy that no phone Friday idea especially because that seems to be the day of the week when I decide to be on my phone the most! It would be a great game changer.

  14. I really enjoyed this piece, especially the “slow is not lazy”! Sharing today, keep up the beautiful writing

  15. The article on “Slow Living” is just for me!! I lost my husband last fall; therefore it meant a whole new way of living. No more hurry hurry, get this done, I’ve got to take care of this and that and on and on. I’ve made up my mind to live in the present, enjoy simple things, and ‘march to my own drummer.’ I realize it takes time to ‘sink in’ ; however I’m giving it my best and will enjoy life.

  16. Miriam says:

    Absolutely love this post, especially your line “busy doesn’t equal successful”. Too often I was taught to believe that if I was constantly busy, I would be better off. Taking the time to focus on what really matters in life is so important, and like you said, slow isn’t lazy and you can still practice slow living and be a successful person! I wish I’d read this article several years ago!

  17. Wendy says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I think this is a journey and you need to find your way there. Those who have found that path can help others find the way, gently. It’s hard to make deep changes after such a long run. Those that aren’t quite there I encourage you to be patient with, and kind to, yourself. I’m still on the journey and making small changes so I appreciate this.

  18. Renee Riffey says:

    Some of your statements really drilled home for me. Oh how many times I cancelled dinner with friends. Oh how many more times, well, all the time when asked I say how busy I am. I’m literally programmed to not slow down. To sit and have a relaxing conversation without thinking of all the other things you should be doing feels impossible. But, I agree with all that you say and know I just need to take the first step. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Anju says:

    I personally am into this position right now where I couldn’t disagree to anything talked about here. I loved how you’ve explained things in so simple words.

  20. preeti says:

    Beautiful thought <3. To slow down to live more.

  21. Laroux says:

    I need slow living! The concept speaks to my soul!

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