Being busy used to be a sense of pride for me — “Look at how in demand I am! Everyone wants my attention.”
Being busy has also been toxic for me — my senior year, I had mono for over a month before I finally went to the hospital. I assumed my absolute exhaustion was from going to high school full time, taking college classes, working full time, and dancing 20 hours a week.
All in all, I live for the busyness. It gets me out of bed and truly drives me. I could go on to tell you all the projects I’m working on right now or how few hours of sleep I get a night, but that’s not the point.
Literally everyone in the world is fucking busy.
Sonder- “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.”
So, why are we so proud of it? We brag about how little sleep we get like it’s an accomplishment.
Imagine if instead you said, “Yeah I’m just so hammered I had 4 beers before coming into work today.”
Pretty doubtful your boss and coworkers would be impressed by that, but it’s been proven time and time again that sleep deprivation has the same impact on your brain as being intoxicated.
Busyness does not equal productivity. A lot of our busy is just poor time management. There’s a mental shift that needs to happen to recognize that idleness does not mean laziness.
Cut Down on the Unnecessary
Stop telling me how busy you are and maybe you’ll find yourself with some free time.