“Stop the glorification of busy.” These signs have shown up in a variety of formats across Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest with the sharer’s singing “PREACH” under each post.
The people viewing these posts fall into one of two categories:
- Those in agreement. The people who believe no one can be that busy all the time – unless maybe you’re Beyoncé – and agree that sometimes a simple life is better. There’s no shame if your only plans for the day include binge-watching Netflix. These people are annoyed beyond belief with the “busy people” who complain each day about how busy they are and with whom it takes three months to schedule a coffee date.
- Those who look at these posts and scoff because they are important, occupied individuals who are scrolling through their six or so social media feeds at lightning speed while power-walking to the next place that they just have to be. These are the so-called “busy people.”
Now we’re not saying don’t be busy.
Everyone is busy, each individual person is balancing their personal life, drama, friends, relationships, work, careers, side projects, hobbies, and basic human needs. We are somehow finding time to paint our nails once every few weeks or perform other mundane tasks to keep ourselves social acceptable in public. Everyone in today’s hyper-connected, fast-paced world has moments where they just want to say, “No sorry, I’m too busy,” to the next person when they ask for something, even if it is a simple coffee date.
The problem is when people equate feeling busy with being important. When that happens, it morphs into a competition of not only who is busier, but who is busier with more important tasks or more high-profile events. Sure Person-A is busy nurturing a relationship with their boyfriend and walking their dog while Person-B is busy completing their MBA and shunning those who have settled down, but that doesn’t make Person-B superior to Person-A. Heck, Person-A and Person-B should both put their busy lives aside to catch up and relax together.
Essentially each busy person is prioritizing what they need to do and each day some things are completed and some things are not. The key is to not lose focus of the less glamorous tasks and make time for some simpler things. Put value back into the less busy things that matter. Take time to put your health and your happiness first and let those less busy things take priority. Limit what you commit to each week, take time for your loved ones, prioritize those friends you haven’t seen in a while, turn off your phone, and watch TV guilt-free. It’s okay to not be busy all the time, this will not change your value as a person and more people need to be proud of taking the time for themselves. The world will wait – now go make yourself that cup of tea and take a breath.