As I noted in an earlier post, it’s taken me a while to understand that adequacy is acceptable, and I didn’t arrive at this conclusion without the wise words and guidance of others. Here I’m sharing a few key articles that explain the busy-ness phenomenon from various perspectives. Enjoy.
“And what I think we all need more than anything is this: permission to be wherever the f--- we are when we’re there.” Thanks, Jamie, for this perspective.
Does “I’m so busy” become our excuse for avoiding the things we don’t want to do? Cult of Busy
Lisa Jakub questions whether being busy is truly pride-worthy, or if we should re-think the modern default response to “How are you doing?”
“A constant need to emphasize a packed schedule, says Hills, is also related to insecurity. Just as we perceive kudos and popularity in being busy, we read the opposite into an empty diary: an absence of work meetings or plans must mean we’re failures in our careers.” Nicole Mowbray unpacks this issue of busy versus balance. (Kreider discusses the busy trap, too.)
I love Tsh Oxenreider’s strategy for managing those off and crazy weeks: “When life hands me one of these weeks, I do the opposite of what the world around me is pressuring me to do.” For me, this is running; what’s your coping mechanism? Break Up With Busy
Courtney Carver outlines the 10 things you miss while you’re busy doing it all.
A close friend and mentor one said to me, “You can have it all, but you can’t have it all at once.” But maybe having it all is overrated in the first place? Having It All Kinda Sucks
Newport observes that, contrary to having jam-packed schedules and dozens of obligations, “many people who excel in producing things that matter have work habits that seem downright lazy by the standards in their field.” Want to create things that matter? Be lazy.