the busy bias

Our society praises busyness. It equates being busy with being successful. If you are busy, then you are important, admirable and in high demand of others. Busy bees buzzing around here and there, chasing perfection, constantly working to meet and exceed expectations.

Is this not a totally biased perspective? To be a busy workaholic will certainly bring about results, but what’s the cost? Of course, doing nothing at all would not be correct.

Busyness can be guise for those who find discomfort in stillness. Sometimes we cannot fathom what would become of our lives if we just… didn’t. If we just stopped. Perhaps, we’d find ourselves feeling anxious and guilty in this state of being. Busyness can mask the emptiness we fear to find within ourselves because, of course, our lives cannot be meaningless is we are busy.

We must be careful of the difference here. A balance can be established between sitting idle and being constantly on the go. That balance is where we can be most effective. Most satisfied. We flourish.

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6 thoughts on “the busy bias

  1. I agree – sometimes it’s so hard to slow down when everyone around you is moving so fast. It’s so easy to doubt yourself and then get caught up so you don’t get “left behind”. But what you’re saying right here – it’s so true. We should start a ‘slow down’ movement. Seriously…

  2. Geez I really relate to this. I seem to get a buzz from being so freakin busy all the time but I do sometimes wonder if this a subtle unconscious escapism technique of mine. Nicely written.

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