Ever been so busy that you forget what you’re actually busy with?
A couple of weeks ago I read an article on busy-ness and it’s had me contemplating being busy. We’re all so busy. I can fully admit that I’m a culprit of the busy monster. It’s easy with race training taking up extra time to convince yourself that you are sooooo busy. A typical day of mine runs like this… up between 5am and 6:30am, workout, laundry or cleaning around the house, get ready for work, work-work-work, then run errands, attend other commitments, workout and do nightly chores, dinner, cleaning, a little TV and then collapse exhausted into bed by 10pm or 11pm. That’s just a normal day! I mean really, I am so busy right?
Although I do a pretty good analysis and mostly avoid being sucked in by self importance and being busy, sometimes you just need a reminder of what section of your life you may be missing that self evaluation. A good weekend with those you love can help you with that. My husband’s cousins and siblings visited Michigan last weekend. I was so excited that they were all going to see some of northern Michigan and I made myself very busy. I was worried that they would have a good time, that we would have everything we needed, so on and so forth. Saturday morning when we got up I recruited my husband and a cousin to head to the lake for my swim workout. I wanted to get it done and out of the way so that we could do all the other activities we had talked about. I ran to the bathroom before our swim while Mike and cousin Allison were waiting on me. When I returned they were full on goofing off on a gigantic floating mat that was in the lake. Laughing their heads off and hollering at me to join them. I had to forget my busy-ness and have a good time. (We swam across the lake after having fun and it almost made the swim fun.) By the way, it was the most fun I have ever had in the water, bar none.
I make working out a #1 priority (although it’s still ranks behind my hubby), so it squishes time out of the rest of my priorities. That is my choice. I have to remember that. When I feel overwhelmed and too busy, I have to remember I made myself that way. No one is forcing me to be busy! Sometimes you have to remember to drop all the seriousness and have fun.
Here’s a link to the article as well. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/ I think it’s a good reminder to find that balance!