When we were kids and living on Westshore beach in New Zealand we were often late to school. Especially when we had to wait for the littlies who we had to escort to school. And we were only about five blocks from school so we walked of course. Everyone did. And when running late Mum would counsel us to” walk to a lamppost then skip to the next lamppost then RUN to the next lamppost then walk again, skip, run, etc. she said you will get there faster if you give yourself a lampposts worth of walking downtime.
Good advice for life I have always thought, to push hard for a while knowing that you can go slow again at regular intervals.
Stress is ok but it is important to have those wee organized blocks of downtime.
I say to my cows or pigs or dogs – I am going on a break and I give myself permission to sit and do nothing for ten minutes. Absolutely nothing. No device, no talking, eyes closed. A walking lamp-post.
There is another idea for managing life that I heard on a Ted talk the other day: multi tasking in slow motion. The art of working on more than one task at a time. Open a screen – line up your headings then go and do something else while your ideas filter and cogitate.
I think most of us naturally work on three or four things at the same time. It would be interesting to sort them out and name them.
More extreme rain and terrible storms here today. Literally just under three inches in about twenty minutes. The sky was a terrible dark greeny colour. Then we were hit.
Then within a half hour the sun was out again and John was making corn muffins with cornmeal I had brought home from the mill. Thankfully he does most of the cooking now. Or we would not be eating before eight or nine. I am never finished with chores before six and he goes to bed at seven so he cooks. Sensible.
And greens from the garden. The greens are loving this weather! The asparagus is really beginning to grow.
Now, it is time for me to ready the cows for milking. And run for a few lamp-posts.
Have a good day.