For most of us, a packed calendar is an indication of success, but do we even realize that being busy all the time does not necessarily equal being productive?
Do you remember the last time you heard someone say "I'm busy" or "I'm a little occupied"? Chances are it might be happening on a regular basis. We are giving more and more importance to being busy but what we're are doing is setting ourselves on the path to failure without even realizing it of course.
The truth about busyness is that it is more wide-spread than we actually thought it is. Harvard Business Review recently published a report highlighting how frequently Americans talk about being busy and how busy they are. From holiday postcards to social media posts, talking about busyness is something most of us do.
The report further explains that media too is adding to this trend of busyness. Old ads that used to be directed towards the successful people used to show people chilling out and having fun in vacations. But now these same ads feature people who have little time to spare as they are super busy multitasking.
This study did much more than just explore how much we keep talking about being busy. It went a step ahead and examined how the phenomenon affects what we think about a person. The verdict; "The more we believe that one has the opportunity for success based on hard work, the more we tend to think that people who skip leisure and work all the time are of higher standing."
Busyness is now being used to judge how successful a person is. It has become a status symbol since we now perceive a person not by their income or where they live but by how busy they are.
Not only people but products too are being affected by this new value given to busyness. The study also found that the products that are believed to be used by or are made specifically for the busiest people point to a higher status than the conventional products.
Inquisitive whether or not this same value holds in other societies, the value of busyness was examined in Italy. Not so surprising, the United States dramatically situation contrasts with that of Italy. The Italians see leisure and free time as a status symbol rather than busyness.
As more and more people talk about being busy, the idea of busyness has become a kind of trend. It can be attributed to the spreading popularity of busyness.
Our society too promotes busyness and that is yet another obstacle. Cell phones, laptops, bluetooth, all devices encourage people to work on the go.
Being continuously busy is unhealthy and health implications such as an increased risk of stroke, a weakened immune system, and potential ulcers can be caused by long-term stress.
Stress is a major reason behind mood swings causing irritability, anxiety, and can even lead to depression.
Don't forget, you can miss out on so much when you are perpetually busy. Missing out on family time or other fun experiences are on the cards. Finally, being extremely busy may not be what you might have expected it to be.
Complaining frequently about being too busy? Time to reconsider! Reevaluate your schedule and cut down activities to get some "me" time.