Why Are We All So Busy?
That's the question I set out to answer this week.
â€œIn our obsession with optimizing our creative routines and maximizing our productivity, weâ€™ve forgotten how to be truly present in the gladdening mystery of life.â€ â€“ Maria Popova
The truth is too many people wear busy like a badge of honor.
In fact, think about it, when was the last time someone you know, over the age of 18, complained about having too little to do? Iâ€™ll wait right here.
â€œBusy has a dangerous allure. If your normal is busy, itâ€™s tough to sit quietly with your thoughts or to really feel what youâ€™re feeling,â€ writes Dina Kaplan in â€œThe Cult of Busy.â€
Need more proof? According to Science Mag people would rather be electrically shocked than left alone with their thoughts. How depressing, right?
â€œNo one says they donâ€™t have time to meditate because they need to scroll down Facebook and Instagram to â€˜likeâ€™ various items, but that may be whatâ€™s happening.â€ â€“ Dina Kaplan
But why do we do this to ourselves?
Because it makes us feel important? To impress others?
Certainly, ego is part of it. Busy has become a status symbol, perhaps even more so than money, cars and houses.
Click here to read two reasons we're so busy and what I'm doing to combat busyness so far in 2015.