Rituals: Single Tasking

Rituals: Single Tasking - Episode 132 of The Slow Home Podcast

Welcome to the first Monday show of the year! As we mentioned last week, these Monday episodes are going to be a little different in 2017 as we move away from the month-long experiments and into something more accessible and actionable.

So much of slow living is about small, consistent changes as opposed to large-scale shifts, and while the experiments were such an amazing way of transforming our lives, they took a huge amount of energy to implement, which wasn’t the “small, consistent changes” approach we were going for. Plus, Ben and I both agree that recording and creating shows in real-time wasn’t the best example of slower, simpler work practices either!

Every week we’re going to cover one simple, easy, accessible slow living idea that will either give you something to do, or something to think about in the days after. We want to give you opportunity to act on these without feeling overwhelmed, so there will sometimes be a suggested action or change at the end of these episodes too.

Which brings me to today’s show, where we talk about the idea of single-tasking.

This is one of my favourite ways to introduce productive mindfulness to people who are too busy to meditate or take time for quiet reflection, as it allows us to keep doing, albeit in a much more mindful way than the overwhelming approach that is multi-tasking.

We talk about what I actually mean when I talk about single-tasking, why it’s necessary and how to practice it. 

We also want to finish each of these Monday shows with a takeaway or action for you to try, and this week it’s to try single-tasking once a day for the next week. Then simply observe yourself and see how it makes you feel and any changes – no matter how small – you may notice over time.

I really hope you enjoy this new style of show and that it brings slow living back down to a level where we can always find a small step forward, no matter how overwhelmed you may be feeling. In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

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Slow Living in Japan

Slow Living in Japan - Episode 131 of The Slow Home Podcast

We’re baaa-aaaack!

Happy 2017, my friends. I’ve actually spent the past week saying Happy New Year to people before realising it’s now February and the time for New Year salutations has probably passed. Regardless though, I hope you all had a restful break over the holidays?

Things are getting back to normal here, the kids are back to school, work is in full swing and, true to a Sydney summer, it’s pretty much sweltering. We did take some time off to disconnect/reconnect after a busy 2016 though, and as you’ll hear in this poggie, the first new one of 2017, we spent a couple of weeks in Japan and had an incredible, perspective-shifting time there.

We spent most of our time nestled into the utterly beautiful town of Nozawa Onsen – a small, traditional ski and hot spring village in the mountains northeast of Tokyo – and as we head in to the meat and potatoes of the year, we’re taking with us quite a few lessons learnt while staying there.

We thought it would be fun to start the year with a chatty, light-hearted poggie of just Ben and I, so in this episode we talk about what some of those lessons looked like and how they’re already influencing us at home. We also talk about the beautiful ritual of onsen bathing, the benefits of sleeping on traditional Japanese futons and tatami mats and the amaaaazing food we discovered while there.

Below you can find a handful of links, resources and websites we used when planning and researching our trip, and I can highly, absolutely, unequivocally recommend it as an incredible family holiday. I can’t wait to go back and if ever you’re looking to take a similar trip I’d recommend talking to the folks at Nozawa Holidays. They were beyond awesome in helping us find the perfect accommodation in a family-run, traditional Japanese lodge and their website is full of excellent information. (This is not a sponsored episode, by the way. They were just awesome.)  

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Does slow living have a branding problem? With James Wallman – The Slow Home Summer Series

Does slow living have a branding problem? With James Wallman - The Slow Home Summer Series

WELCOME TO THE SLOW HOME SUMMER SERIES! BEN AND I ARE TAKING A BREAK OVER JANUARY, SO WE’RE WE REVISITING SOME OF THE BEST EPISODES OF THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

James Wallman is an ex-adman and trend forecaster who also wrote the excellent book, Stuffocation and coined the phrase ‘experientialism’.

This conversation was a really interesting one – much more of a true conversation than an interview – as I found James asking me as many questions as I did of him!

We talk about minimalism’s branding issue and why he thinks that experientialism is the way to make a life of less, more appealing to the mainstream. We also look at the overwhelming number of choices we face each day and why experiences will almost always trump stuff.

James also had some ridiculously straightforward advice for me when I tell him I sometimes just feel so damn defeated by the rampant consumerism happening across the globe.

I loved this conversation and have found myself thinking a lot about how we discuss the idea of simple or slow living, and I think James is right – we might have a branding problem! What do you think? 

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Happiness and habits with Gretchen Rubin – The Slow Home Summer Series

Happiness and habits with Gretchen Rubin - The Slow Home Summer Series


WELCOME TO THE SLOW HOME SUMMER SERIES! BEN AND I ARE TAKING A BREAK OVER JANUARY, SO WE’RE WE REVISITING SOME OF THE BEST EPISODES OF THE PAST TWO YEARS.

In this ridiculously enlightening episode, I chat with Gretchen Rubin, New York Times best-selling author of Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home.

This show starts out as any other – a regular conversation – in this instance, about happiness and habits and the changes Gretchen is most proud of in her own life. But somewhere around the middle it shifts into something different… A personalised habits counselling session, as Gretchen digs into why I’m so inclined to take on too many projects and burn out (in a big way).

We also discuss the Four Tendencies of Habits, and why that means I’m less likely to do a morning yoga class by myself, but far more likely to turn up if Ben joins me.

This is such a fun conversation with plenty of insight into why we do and don’t find making changes easy. And for anyone looking to make a shift towards a slower, simpler life, there are plenty of tips and tricks from Gretchen to help you make those changes as seamlessly as possible.

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Unsubscribe from the rat race with Paul Jarvis – The Slow Home Summer Series

Unsubscribe from the rat race with Paul Jarvis - The Slow Home Summer Series

WELCOME TO THE SLOW HOME SUMMER SERIES! BEN AND I ARE TAKING A BREAK OVER JANUARY, SO WE’RE WE REVISITING SOME OF THE BEST EPISODES OF 2016.

I’ve been reading Paul Jarvis’ Sunday Dispatches and listening to his Invisible Office Hours podcast for a long time. So long, in fact, I felt like I knew him before I’d ever spoken a word in conversation! So it was beyond a delight to sit and chat with him, and even more delightful to realise he is exactly the same in conversation as in his writing.

We spend quite a bit of time talking about the importance of being our true self online, and the BIG difference between that and sharing things we haven’t actually processed yet. Paul has written a lot about comparison and the myth that everyone else is living more interesting, photogenic lives that us, so we dive in to that too. I’ve linked to a fantastic post of his below that I would highly recommend you read if you find yourself playing the comparison game too often.

(Actually, I’ve linked to a handful of my favourite articles from Paul. Do yourself a kindness and take a read over the weekend.)

Paul also talks about his lack of routine, why busy-ness is a crutch we lean on to avoid feeling our feelings, and what he’s watching on TV these days.

Enjoy!

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