It seems today we’re in a world of being busy 24/7. You ask someone how they are, and most of the time, busy will be in their response. We seem to idolise the idea of being busy, but why?
Why is busy such a good thing? Does busy mean successful? Does it mean things are going well? Are we just saying busy to make people think all is
I’m not really sure why busy is such a popular saying, but what I am sure of is that we need to stop idolising it.
Skirt (gifted) – JOY the store | t-shirt & belt – ASOS | Bag – Primark
I understand that feeling busy at first can be great. I, myself am a victim of becoming busy – working 9-5, packing my evenings with gym and blog work, and my weekends with much the same. But although it can be a great thing at first, what it can eventually be is detrimental.
Being busy 24/7 can lead to a lack in productivity – we’ve all seen those studies where people who worked 4 days a week, or worked for shorter hours found themselves far more productive than those working 5 days, or dragging their hours out. Much the same happens when you’re busy.
It’s important that you keep away from burning out. We need to start focusing on productivity, rather than business.
We seem to be becoming better at recognising the need for self-care, so can we start to recognise that being busy doesn’t necessarily relate to positive things?
Here’s a few things I’m currently doing to make sure I’m not busy:
- Taking breaks. Every day at work I switch off my
computerand eat my lunch without distractions. I read my book, scroll through my social media, and make sure I take up my full assigned hour without any distractions. I’m getting paid to have that lunch break, and if I want a productive afternoon, I need to take it properly.
- Saying no. You can’t do everything. Learn to say no. You’re allowed to say no! Whether that be to jobs, appointments, even seeing friends – sometimes you need to just sit around and have some me-time.
- Spending time away from the digital world. For me, a lot of my business comes from the digital world. My job is a digital marketer, my hobbies include blogging. A lot of my jobs involve working on my laptop or my phone, so it’s important I take time away from both. As the weather perks up I aim to take more time away from my desk and leave my phone at home.
- Gym time. I love my time at the gym. Not only is it time to myself, but it’s also time to work on myself and time away from distractions. I aim to go to the gym 3-4 times a week straight after work – it’s the perfect way to unwind from the day.
Are you a victim of being busy?