This short piece is inspired by a moment of clarity I had while sippin’ on my favourite drink at Starbucks (I’m still *internally* boycotting them) and musing over this article before heading to work.
It’s part critical self-awareness, and part caffeine-induced 6 AM rant.
Busyness has become a badge of honour in our capitalist society that constantly nudges us to be a productivity machine. The result it “the burdensome, expectation-freighted nature of free time“ .
Busyness, with our never-ending responsibilities and tasks to accomplish, has become a signal to show others how important we are. For most of us, however, our busyness is a facade. Not much of the time we spend busy is on actually productive and/or fulfilling activities.
. . .
Most of our busyness is for busyness sake. Busyness to compete in the Busyness Olympics, sporting events including, who got the least sleep last night, who have had the most amount of coffee today (and it’s only 11 AM *gasp*), and who had a busier weekend filled with activities one couldn’t possibly fit within 48 hours.
When we sit back and examine our days, however, it becomes painfully obvious to see how devoid of genuine usefulness or meaning most of the activities we engage in are.
How do I feel so busy, anxious and stressed all the time and not have anything truly meaningful to show for it? Anything that is truly important to me?
. . .
Choose to opt-out.
Re-design your lifestyle.
Brag about the 7-9 hours of sleep you get each night.
Go for a walk.
Nurture your hobby(ies).
Boast about all the books you have been reading in your free time.
Fill your days with silence, contemplation, and boredom.
 Person, Alex. (2016). “If you want to be a better person, find something to do outside of work“