How busy are you?

Clock with roman numerals“Hi, how are you? Are you busy?”

Is it just me, or do people greet you this way too? Now I know they have my best interests in mind but how come ‘being busy’ is so important? And what if I haven’t been busy? Does that reflect badly on me when they are clearly so busy themselves.

Yes, there are certainly days when I’m very busy…….doing what though, who knows! And anyone out there who works from home, or isn’t currently working full time, will understand how easy it is to fill the day.

There are other days though when I’ve been much less busy, when I’ve been focused and productive, achieved the most important things in a short space of time and found time to go for a walk in the sunshine or meet a friend for lunch.

“There is more to life than increasing it’s speed” Ghandi

So how come we’re so interested in how busy people are? I don’t know many people with a conscious life goal to ‘be busy’. And yet, with so much focus and attention being paid to it, it seems many of us have a subconscious desire to be busy and may actually equate this with being successful, fulfilled or even worthwhile.

In his book ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ Timothy Ferris turns a few traditional ideas on their head and explores how we can live the life of our dreams instead of our rules. And a couple of questions in the book that I really like are these;

1) “If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?”
2) “Am I being productive or just active?”

So I don’t know about you but my intention is to focus on what’s most important, and instead of feeling lazy for not being busy, feel good about making time for the people and things that matter most.

Take this quick quiz to find out whether you’re addicted to being busy ;-)

And remember “Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty four brand-new hours to live” Thich Nhat Hanh

How will you use yours?