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Do You Really Have Too Little Time?

Do You Really Have Too Little Time?

Out of 24 hours, we all have the same amount of time each day but use it differently. If you feel you lack time, check for conflicts between your priorities.

Intrinsic enjoyment from an activity is essential when you're busy. This ensures your psychological needs are met in the little time.

If you intend to work full-time, stay in shape, spend quality time with your kids, and keep up with friends and hobbies, you may find there’s not enough time to do all of those to your desired standard. The result is frustration due to expectations.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Is Life Better When You're Busy? | Scott H Young

Finding the Busyness Sweet Spot

Most people, have a scale from utterly bored to burned out, with the ideal level of busyness lying somewhere in between.

Some of us are happy when we're closer to "relaxed", others need more activity.

The shift can be thought from the busyness-happiness calculation: First, what your ideal set point is, and second, whether your current situation is above or below this optimal set point.

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Reasons for Busyness

People like to be busy, they're happier. A lot of it is self-imposed, otherwise without a justification for an activity, we'd choose idleness to activeness.

We feel too busy, some of it is unnecessary, why?

  • Signaling : Showing that busy people are important. "I'm so busy always"
  • Commitment Dodging : A socially acceptable way to decline social obligations. "I wish I could, but I'm so busy"
  • Self Deception : Assuming no outstanding tasks in life is ideal, that's the goal.

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What Are The Good Reasons To Be Busy?

Even when we want to be busy, it's not just to do things, we need a reason. That compelling reason makes the difference, it can lead to either overcommitment or inactivity.

Goal-setting and planning are vital because they’re the tools we use to find motivating activities. Making concrete improvements to your life may be secondary to the well-being boost of having a reason to be optimally busy.

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  • Busyness as signaling. Complaints about busyness are like complaints about paying too much in taxes—something that allows you to subtly communicate your status.
  • Busyness as dodging commitment. Claiming busyness is a socially acceptable way to decline social obligations. 
  • Busyness as self-deception. When you work on things, your goal is always to move toward a state of having less stuff left to do. Since less outstanding tasks is better within the context of your goal, you may incorrectly extend that to assume that having no outstanding tasks in life is ideal.

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Busyness is a myth

Although people feel much busier with work these days, the total time people are working – whether paid or otherwise – has not increased in Europe or North America in recent decades.

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Stop and Think!

Overloading our senses can make us believe we are moving in the right direction, or at least in a direction. But the constant cycle of tasks we tackle without ever thinking often leaves us stagnant.

Being busy is a defense mechanism. It’s a way to avoid just being.

The problem is we usually don’t even take the time to consider the alternative, which is that we’re numbing our minds with work. Being busy with exciting work is good. Being too busy to enjoy life, spending time with the people you love, and exploring your full potential is not.

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