don’t be busy

So many of us are seduced by the notion of ‘being busy’. We take pride in it and even sometimes flaunt it. We want to show to the world that we’re frantically moving from one task to the next one, skipping meals and not even pausing to catch our breath or indulge ourselves in a conversation. And then we’re exhausted by the end of the day summoning energy to go at the next one with equal vigor.

We don’t listen to our body and don’t trust our gut and day in and day out we spend our time running haphazardly without taking a stop and asking ourselves: Are we achieving something meaningful here?

Sadly, we equate being important to being busy; we feel the world will give us a pass and honor and respect us for our efforts and the sacrifices that we’re making. But unbeknownst to us, there’s no point in being busy, it’s futile.

Don’t be busy. Be productive. Be efficient. Be diligent with your time. Focus on tasks that bring significant outcomes and spend time doing work that truly matters.

Busy is an excuse. Busy is safe. Busy is common. Busy is ordinary. Busy is a manifestation of misplaced priorities. So whatever you do, don’t be busy.