Do you swell with pride when you cross off your ever-growing to-do list?
Does your life moves so fast that you can barely process anything that happens?
Do you decline invitations to social events with “sorry, but I’m too busy”?
Are you moving from one thing to the next, unconsciously experiencing your entire day, wondering where it all went when you go to bed with the blue glow of your cellphone at 10?
There is a certain pride in non-stop activity, filling each gap of time with something productive, not falling behind, and consistently progressing. The constant movement and development is feeding and simultaneously killing our productivity. We probably don’t see it because we are just too busy. Sure, mundane and innate tasks can be completed at warp speed, requiring zero mental effort. But what about the rest of it? Our critical thinking? Our relationships? Our self-awareness?
STOP the glorification of busy. It’s enough.
Maybe we prize busy-ness as success, or see it as ambition, or see it as a sure measure of future success. After all, business is just busy-ness without the hyphen and one different letter.
I do it all the time, I glorify busy. I over work myself, I complain with a half smile about how many hours I’m working because, well, don’t you feel bad for me? I’m like, so busy, I just can’t be bothered with anything else. But honestly, all I see is a cop out. Instead of trying a new thing, or freeing up time for friends, or myself, I let the cogs of the machine turn and turn.
I’m gagging for a change. I’m just dying to not feel this way anymore, to see free time as my enemy, to see minutes as measurements to be filled with activity.
No rest for the weary, right?
Wrong. Rest is for the weary, for the worn out, for the soon-to-be worn out. Play is not just for children. Even if it is just the five minutes in between meetings and workouts and events, put down the phone, put down the list, put down the book and close your eyes.
Imagine what you would do if you had no obligations. No responsibilities.
And then? Do it.
Maybe I’m idealistic, but I imagine a day where we stop using money and power as measurements for success and start recognizing that thriving is more important than surviving.
It’s Monday, which means you’re probably beginning your work week. You’re probably writing down a to-do list, reading this and checking Facebook. You’re probably wondering why you feel like life is passing you by. Mondays don’t have to be that bad.