Are you addicted to being busy?
Updated: Aug 17, 2018
It seems to be that lately, the universal answer to 'how are you?' is 'busy.' It feels like in the last decade, the influence of emails, internet and lack of job security has created an 'always on' culture of busyness which doesn't seem to have an end. The human species wasn't meant to be always busy, and we're now seeing the impact of our busyness in our health and relationships.
In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown writes about numbing behaviours that we use as armour against vulnerability. And lest you think numbing doesn’t apply to you, because you’re not hooked on cocaine or alcohol, she clarifies by saying, “One of the most universal numbing strategies is what I call crazy-busy. I often say that when they start having 12-step meetings for busy-aholics, they’ll need to rent out football stadiums. We are a culture of people who’ve bought into the idea that if we stay busy enough, the truth of our lives won’t catch up with us.”
Is being busy today a badge of honour, telling the world that you’re important and valued - is it the latest status symbol? Or is it actually far cooler to show the world you have time to go for a hike?