I recently got this book, In Praise of Slow: Challenging the Cult of Speed , free via my Bookmooch.com account. I haven't had a ton of time to devote to yet but I am intrigued by the concept of it being okay to slow down and in fact that we need to slow down to really enjoy life. I found this passage on page 29 stood out to me, as I've tried this technique first hand unwittingly in the midst of grieving.
"Time-sickness can also be a symptom of a deeper, existenial malaise. In the final stages before burnout, people often speed up to avoid confronting issues. Kundera thinks that speeds helps us to block out the horror and barrennss of the modern world: "Our period is obsessed with the desire to forget, and it is fulfill that desire that it gives over to the demon of speed; it picks up the pace to show us that it no longer wishes to be remembered, that it is tired of itself, sick of itself: that it wants to blow out the tiny trembling flame of memory."
So, here's to having a slow day!