On being busy

Someone, maybe Anne Lamott or Brene Brown, has written about busy-ness becoming a badge of honor. And I am noticing how often the response to “How are you?” is “So busy,”

I have been wondering if this being so busy thing might actually be cultivating rudeness. Yesterday a young store clerk was giving me the “if you get our store credit card” speech, (which I am sure they are required to give). I looked at her and smiled while she gave all the glorious details and then said, no thank you. She said “Thanks for letting me finish. Most people stop me and won’t look at me when I am ringing their purchase.”

Being too busy makes me distracted. What am I missing? Because some of those things I pass without looking might have been the brightest of moments in my too bust day. A wise co-worker told me that I need to get away from my desk and eat lunch with people. And she was right. Those lunch conversations are the place where we build relationships.

Most of us pack our days to the hilt. I know when I am feeling that crunch, I am mostly responsible for feeling stretched. I try to see where I could have said no or even more realistically, where I am making a task more important than it needs to be. Funny how the world keeps moving even when my TO DO list isn’t completed.

Next week, Courtney Carver is hosting a Busy Boycott. My first thought was, I don’t need one more thing on my list. But I am currently reading Courtney’s book and I think she might have something I need to hear. Let me know if you are joining in.

6 thoughts on “On being busy

  1. That whole “busy” thing is what prompted me to choose FOCUS as my word for 2018! It’s been a fascinating year for me, as I’ve given myself “permission” to do things at a slower pace — and one thing at a time. I signed up for the Busy Boycott because I can always use a few more hints at streamlining my life. XO

  2. Some times in my life were crazy busy. Working, parenting my children, Visiting our parents and grandparents. School for the kids. Parties. When someone had a cold it threw EVERYTHING Out of whack for a month as each of the 4 of us took turns feeling sick. I dreaded colds. Seems silly now, but i have much more time. It nice to be less BUSY

  3. I am a huge fan of Courtney and participated in the Busy Boycott last year … definitely a life-changer. (although now I do find myself judging anyone who says they’re “busy” 🙂

  4. Seems like since we’ve both retired, we’ve been busier than ever, wondering when we ever had time to work. So, the Busy Boycott seems like a good idea!

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