Are you over being busy?

Article appears as featured in November 2015 edition of Style Magazine


I HEAR IT all the time. In cafés, work corridors, school drop-offs – when someone asks how you are, hands down, the most common response is “I’m busy.” Even more interesting is how people respond. It’s usually something along the lines of: “I know what you mean; I’m busy too.” 


Has anyone actually stopped to consider what the word “busy” actually means? The phenomenon of busyness is seemingly real and research has shown that the longer we stay in the busyness zone, the more we heighten our stress. When we are stressed, we move into defensive ways of thinking and we are less likely to make good, clear decisions. 


Set yourself a challenge. Next time someone asks you how you are, instead of saying that you’re busy, how about using other words like “productive”, “happy”, “challenged” or “excited”? Shouldn't we fill our days with tasks we enjoy rather than just fill it with stuff?  


Keep in mind the classic mantra: “We are human beings, not human doings.” So what will you be today?




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