Sunday, 13 November 2011

Journal Writing Prompt 30 - Being Busy

"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these needs there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing."
- Thomas Alva Edison

Modern lifestyle for most people is about being busy. We are rushed at work, we are rushed at home, and weekends are usually spent running one errand or another. Being busy, we are told, is good. Being busy means you are doing something with your life. 

But are you really? 

Being busy does not mean we are doing something. Getting results means we are doing something. Being busy is sometimes the biggest time waster of all, which keeps us occupied without getting results, and stops us from relaxing or doing things we enjoy.

So open your journal and write about the things that keep you busy. Are you accomplishing anything, or are you simply wasting time being busy? If so, what will you do to change it? 

1 comment:

  1. On being busy... One of the best things I ever did was to change my to-do list to a quadrant system- Urgent vs Important. I'm a list maker and refer to this sheet many times each day, as I get many interuptions.

    The top-left is for things both urgent and important and I always address these first thing every morning. The bottom-left is for things urgent, but not so important- BUSY WORK & Distractions. The top right is for stuff not urgent ,but important. This the area that usually gets negleted and I remind myself to keep on it. The bottom right is for stuff not urgent and not so important. I came to realize that I put alot of my personal priorities there, ahead of work stuff and strive to move at least some personal actions to the top right every week.
    It works for me,