Since this is part of my month of figuring out what matters in life, I decided to read, or rather listen to the audiobook, of Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More.

This was actually a very interesting book to read. I had to continually keep myself focused on what author Rachel Macy Stafford was trying to communicate instead of the extreme levels I kept trying to take everything. It was honestly a little struggle for me. All that said, there was a lot of valuable information in this book.

The one lesson that really hit me, because it is something I need to work on, is to stop worrying about the ticking clock.

In many ways, this has to do with living in the moment, but I felt the way Rachel explained it took it to a different, more actionable level.

Over this past month I have been trying to cut out the crap and excess noise and let myself truly live and experience the areas of life that matter while removing what doesn’t. One area I’ve struggled with in the past is when I would be spending time doing something relaxing with someone else, I’d feel the pressure of what needs to still be done.

I still remember trying to squeeze in time to watch that movie and the whole time I’m watching it looking at how much time is left. Do you know how much joy that took out of spending time with my family as well as the actual movie?

This book reminded me that I need to ignore the clock, and this is where I try to take things to the extreme and shouldn’t. I need to let myself be present wherever I am. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a schedule and make plans, but when I’ve committed to something or someone, I need to give it or them 100% of my attention for the time I have committed to.

In what area of your life do you need to ignore the ticking clock and truly live?

Identify the area, decided how long you will commit, and then be intentional during that commitment to be fully present.