Ever feel like you’re overwhelmingly busy? Of course you have. But chances are you might not be as busy as you think — and knowing this simple fact can reduce a lot of stress.
It sounds silly — after all, you’d think this “trick” would work with anything — but there’s something special about the way we claim business these days. We live in a cult of busy, but you’re probably not actually as busy as you think. Hanna Rosin over at Slate explains:
[John] Robinson doesn’t ask us to meditate, or take more vacations, or breathe, or walk in nature, or do anything that will invariably feel like just another item on the to-do list. The answer to feeling oppressively busy, he says, is to stop telling yourself that you’re oppressively busy, because the truth is that we are all much less busy than we think we are.
The most important thing is that you stop telling yourself how busy you are. If your brain just refuses to accept that, there are things you can do to convince it, such as logging your time.