Busy, busy, busy. We’re all tired of hearing the word, and tired of living that feeling. So here, we challenge the underlying beliefs, values and assumptions that keep us running, and we explore strategies for unburdening ourselves from the oppressive sense that we should always be doing more.

Busy is the new black — and none of us are wearing it well. We’re all over-scheduled, under-rested, rushing and running on empty most of the time. It’s costing us in ways most of us don’t even recognize.

So this week on The Living Experiment, we talk about the epic burdens of busyness, and how we can get out from under them. We offer suggestions for reclaiming your margins and for managing your energy (rather hyper-controlling every last minute of your time). And we suggest some experiments to help you restore spaciousness and sanity in your life.

“Busy” Episode Highlights

  • The cult of “busy”
  • The nature of the stress that busyness produces — and why, on some level, we like it
  • How work hours have increased over the past 50 years
  • Why most of our “leisure” activities aren’t really helping us relax
  • Our culture’s glorification of the busy lifestyle, and the consumer machine that has us in its grip
  • Dealing with the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that arise when we aren’t stimulated
  • How to become comfortable with being idle
  • Strategies for transitioning from being a “human doing” to a “human being”

Read How to be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson as a way of challenging your current patterns and assumptions around how you spend your time.

Practice doing one thing and one thing only.  While you do it, notice what it feels like to have your attention on this one thing, and to allow your mind to wander. See if you can get comfortable just being with yourself for this brief moment.

  • For example, instead of working or surfing social media while you eat your lunch, simply eat. For extra credit, put your utensils down between bites so you pace your bites and keep your attention on chewing and tasting, rather than wolfing down your food and rushing back to your work.

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