Yeah. Me too.
Whenever I'm really busy, I've noticed that there are three ways I tend to deal with my busyness:
01. the professional productivity masterSometimes when I'm super busy I get really, really motivated. I love the satisfaction of finishing things, and checking off lists, and thinking wow, I was so productive today.
So sometimes, when I get hit with a wave of busyness, I ride it like a master. I get everywhere early. I write very detailed to-do-list in my planner, with pretty gel pens. I use every twenty minute break to get some reading done, or take a few quick photos, instead of letting time be wasted.
At these times, even if I'm sort of stressed out or overwhelmed, the stress doesn't really bother me. Instead, it creates this weird sort of buzzing eagerness inside of me, and I just want to go go go.
It's like that scientific law, an object in motion stays in motion. At these times, when I get going, I just keep on going.
02. the "I'm so stressed out, I'll just eat candy and watch youtube" logicianOn other days, things aren't quite as gung-ho.
Sometimes when I come home from a long, hard day of dancing/studying and I think of all the stuff I have to do, my brain kind of just rejects the possibility of being productive. I slouch into my desk chair, open my computer, look at the to-do-lists leftover from productive days and think "yeah, that's not happening." I willingly sink into an internet time-warp for a few hours, postponing all my busyness and responsibilities until some later, undetermined time.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is called procrastination.
03. the "I don't want to be here" optimistEven when there are things I can't procrastinate, like going to class or ballet, I don't always do them with enthusiasm. Sometimes, not even with willingness. Sometimes I'm barely, barely functioning, and I'm just wishing for free time, when things will be less busy.
Surprisingly, since starting college far, I've had a better-than-average number of happily busy days (for a while there in high school my record was not so good). But even when I emerge triumphantly (and somewhat cheerfully) from the rubble of an especially busy week, I undoubtedly have a day or two of, well, candy-eating and youtube-watching. Every few days of happy-busyness are matched by a few more days of hating-my-life-busyness.
Now, I like to believe that people can make time for anything that they really want to make time for. I think most of us probably have more free time than we let ourselves believe.
But something I've found myself wondering lately, is this: Even if it's possible to be busy all the time, is it possible to be happily busy all the time? Is it possible to live a life of consistent busyness, with a backlog of responsibilities trailing you everywhere you go, while still being a pleasant human and generally enjoying yourself? Is it possible to, even when you have stressful or difficult days, be very busy and very happy about it at the same time?
I sure hope so.
Honestly, I don't know, and I don't think there's any scientific law about this one. But I've created my own sort of (very scientific) theory, based on my busyness experiences thus far. If there's any way to be very busy and very happy at the same time, I think it probably includes these four things:
So you can stay on top of your responsibilities and, even if you're really busy, avoid feeling like a mess all the time.
save time to rest
I think busy people have to learn to find restful moments in hectic days. Otherwise they'd probably go insane. Also, sleep.
be excited about the future
It's easier to be busy all the time when you're excited about the future possibilities that your busyness could bring.
have love for what you do
Be able to say "I love that I spend my time in the way that I do."
That's all I have to say for now!
Let me know how you deal with busyness, and if you have any tips to add to this list. :)
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