Are you too busy to read an article about being busy?
Below is a link to an article by Tim Kreider of the New York Times called “The “Busy” Trap”. The full article will take just over 2 minutes to read but if you are too “busy” to read it I have selected what I consider the greatest nugget of wisdom that will take you about 30 seconds to read.
How funny is it that we fall into the “Busy” Trap by saying we are too “busy” to read about being too “busy”! Lol!
Tim shares a lot of our reasons for being busy not the least of which is that we just commit to too much. Many people feel anxious and guilty when they aren’t either working or doing something they feel is productive. We meticulously schedule in time with friends, we overbook our kids in activities and in the midst of this we are distracted by texts, emails and other technology that promises to keep us connected.
However, the research says otherwise. We are actually less connected and this zaps our resilience and makes it harder to deal with the stress of everyday life. It has been said that the average adult checks their phone every 6.5 minutes. I bet I check mine at least every 3 minutes!
There has been a correlation made to the feeling of feeling that we are “always on” because of our technology – emails, texts, tweets, Facebook and more distractions and disruptions throughout our day and so we take on more than we can handle. We are constantly being interrupted and restarting that makes us feel like we haven’t really accomplished anything.
Tim highlights for us a very important fact – we must push the Pause Button –
“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done. “Idle dreaming is often of the essence of what we do,” wrote Thomas Pynchon in his essay on sloth. Archimedes’ “Eureka” in the bath, Newton’s apple, Jekyll & Hyde and the benzene ring: history is full of stories of inspirations that come in idle moments and dreams. It almost makes you wonder whether loafers, goldbricks and no-accounts aren’t responsible for more of the world’s great ideas, inventions and masterpieces than the hardworking.”
So be a genius today and take an APB – gain Awareness, Pause and Breathe! The pause is where the action is to focus, connect and feel your B.E.S.T. Who knows what greatness you will tap into. Perhaps your pause will help you to invent the next indispensable technology! Or at least you will have regrouped, recharged and revitalized your resiliency to take on the rest of your day!
All the B.E.S.T. Cheers to your Resilient Mind to “Bounce Back When Life Bucks You Off”!
Your Chief Resilience Officer, Sharon
As promised here is the link to the article I talk about above – The ‘Busy’ Trap, BY TIM KREIDER.