How are you? Busy?
Why are we all so obsessed with being busy?
We continually use the excuse that it’s our lifestyle, like our kids or our jobs. And perhaps it is. But does any of it really make sense?
Australians love to be busy. In fact, we seem to measure our worth on just how busy we are. How are you? “Flat out. Busy, busy, busy”.
Where did this predilection come from? Why does our culture equate busyness with status and moral virtue and why is it OK to accept a norm that makes us feel guilty?
If nothing else we’re slowly discovering the impact on our health and wellbeing.
Buddhist mindfulness has entered the workplace, but the problem requires more than just learning to ‘be’. Twenty minutes of office meditation isn’t going to shift the overarching cultural norm and the fact that we’re forced to dive straight back in.
For some of us, I think working from home during this pandemic has taught us that ‘me time’ is precious and work isn’t everything. In fact, I’m sure most of us found we can be just as productive in half the time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being busy with something I’m passionate about. Simple focus on an engaging task can be meditative in itself. I just take issue with attaching self worth to it.
So the next time someone asks how you are, think for a second. You’re worth more than the time spent ‘doing’.