how busy are you, really?

the other day i was talking to my friend from brazil, and she was telling me how she remembers her mother scrubbing her children's clothes outside with a tub and a washboard. do you know how high my pile of laundry is right now? and do you know how easy it is for me to do laundry? i literally dump it in a machine, wait a half hour, and put it another machine. my clothes come out warm, and smelling fresh. yet i still can't manage to keep up with laundry! is it because we're busier today than our parent's generation? i really don't think so.

joanna featured this article on her blog months ago, and it's stuck with me ever since. here are a few passages:

We all have the same 168 hours per week -- a number few people contemplate even as they talk about "24-7" with abandon -- but since time passes whether we acknowledge it or not, we seldom think through exactly how we're spending our hours.

We also live in a competitive society, and so by lamenting our overwork and sleep deprivation...we show that we are dedicated to our jobs and our families. Being "busy" and "starved for time" is a way to show we matter. Put another way, it makes us feel important.

But if you think about it, complaining about a lengthy to-do list is not only boring, it's a sad hook for one's self-esteem. Owning up to how we spend our hours gives us more control of our time, and ultimately, of our lives.

doesn't that make sense? i don't know how many times i've used my busyness as an excuse for not sweeping the floor, finishing a project, or doing the dishes. so what do you guys think? can you relate? i would highly recommend reading the article; it has great tips on learning how to effectively manage your time, so you can be productive rather than 'busy.' as for me, i feel like i if my friend's mother can wash her children's laundry by hand, and put a home-cooked meal on a clean dinner table, i can at least push 'start' on my washing machine.

p.s. sorry for the lack of posts...i've just been so busy! ;) and also, another intriguing article about busyness.

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1 comment:

Robyn said...

That is a good way to look at it! Thanks for posting.