On busyness: The ups and downs of leading a busy life

We are all busy. You are not the only one struggling to meet a deadline, get the grocery shopping done and dinner cooked in addition to cutting the lawn, cleaning the kitty litter and ironing your shirt for work.

North Americans take a lot of pride in being busy. Likely, because it’s a good thing. It is indicative of productivity and autonomy. It suggests intelligence  and dedication (either to a particular job, project, or interest). These are very good things and thus, I am definitely an advocate for being busy.

However, living a hectic schedule has its downsides. Fatigue, irritability, alienation of family and friends, and burn out are just a few of those downsides. More, we sometimes compare how good we are as a person/colleague/employee by our level of busyness relative to others. If we’re not as busy as Sally in accounts we may start to think and feel negatively about ourselves. Additionally, we may start to harbour feelings of resentment towards Sally who hasn’t done anything apart from be herself (see how quickly the alienation of colleagues can happen?). This can lead to a fairly rapid descent into a perpetual state of negativity.    

While being busy is good for the mind it sometimes conflicts with the needs/wants of the soul. Yes, that is a fairly abstract notion, but I am sure most of you can relate.

It is important to keep your commitments in check and not compare yourself to others. Doing so will likely result in feelings of inadequacy –  not a good nor productive feeling to have.



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