Do you find that you’re always busy? Sometimes people confuse being busy with being productive. Unfortunately, these two things aren’t the same, and being busy for the sake of being busy usually leads to feeling unfulfilled. If you think you may be addicted to needlessly over-scheduling yourself, read on to discover how to stop being busy and start being intentional with your life.
About Busyness. “Busyness” is a term that has become popular because so many people find themselves constantly over-scheduled. There is a difference between living a full, satisfying life and being busy for the sake of being busy. When you’re living a busy life, you’ll find that you’re struggling to keep up with your obligations and like there’s no time to take a break. You might feel anxious or depressed frequently. Another sure sign is if you feel like your value is tied to all the things you do, yet you don’t truly feel fulfilled by these activities.
Why Busyness is a Problem. There are often many things underlying busyness, and these issues are at the heart of what will hold you back. Could it be that you are distracting yourself from your true passions by staying busy because you’re afraid to take a risk? Perhaps you over-schedule your life to avoid dealing with internal problems you’re experiencing. Whatever the case, it’s important to take stock of your busyness to determine whether you’re truly deriving meaning and satisfaction from the time you’re spending on these activities. Some people believe they’re more valuable if they have a lot going on. If you aren’t fulfilled, you should re-assess the ways in which you’re spending your time.
How to Overcome Busyness. Busyness keeps you from unlocking your full potential. To end the cycle, you need to start cutting back on the activities and obligations you take on. Start saying “no” to things that aren’t essential and don’t bring you enjoyment. This should free up some time. Don’t fill those slots. Instead, allow yourself to feel what it’s like to not be busy. This downtime might give you some perspective on how you truly want to be spending your free hours. After a few months of learning to do less, begin to reintroduce activities to your schedule. Just be sure they’re things you truly want to do. Being busy isn’t always satisfying, nor is it always productive. With practice, you’ll start to learn the difference between busyness and activities that bring meaning to your life. Be patient with yourself while you learn the difference.
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