Being busy has become something that society values highly. Busyness, as defined here, is the state of being busy. The state of having many details. Or put in another way – distractions.
To be busy is good. It means we are in motion and we are hopefully moving toward some goal, achievement, or outcome.
But “busyness” can also be a hindrance.
We become frantic. Days are a blur. When we open our eyes, another year has passed.
While I don’t think there is a way to completely obliterate the state of being busy.
There might be a way to still enjoy life through all of its complexities.
How to bring balance to busyness and still enjoy life.
Life (and most things) are about balance. Too much of anything is harmful to us. But, there are a couple of things we can practice that will help us bring balance to our lives.
1. Be Present.
I find that being present helps a lot with bringing some stability to my life. I also find that being present can be really, really difficult to do.
In this case – practise makes progress.
Try to practice being present a couple of times each day.
You can try to focus on your breathing, use a meditation app, or if you’re feeling really brave – try to book some time away from all devices or distractions. This includes things like podcasts or music. Be away from anything that purposefully uses up space in your brain.
Find time to just be.
At first, you might feel extremely fidgety, bored, or maybe even a little anxious.
But over time, you will start to get the hang of it.
I find that being present helps me feel a lot better about life. It also helps reduce stress and anxiety. But remember – it takes practice!
2. Be Grateful.
For sometime now, gratitude has been known to be a powerful tool that helps improve overall wellness.
Pondering on the things that you already have versus stewing over the things that you wish you had, is a great way to be more present and increase your overall mood.
Often, we can find ourselves frantically in motion because we are so busy chasing after things.
Chasing the next [insert ideal situation or circumstance] that will finally bring us peace, rest, and happiness.
But if we can just stop.
And take a moment to express how grateful we are for the small, seemingly insignificant things that make up our lives. Maybe we’ll start to feel better.
Why don’t you try it for a week and see how you feel by the end of it?
Write down three things that you are truly grateful for each morning when you wake up.
Another popular approach is to write down three things that you are thankful for just before going to bed.
If that’s too much, you can always just mentally ponder on your day, life, or people around you and give thanks for them.
Combat Busyness with Pomodo.
I made Pomodo to try to help people combat the busyness of life.
By intentionally setting aside a few tasks and minutes each day to get the things done that really matter.
Spend time with a family member.
Invest in your education.
Having a cup of coffee with an old friend.
Starting that project that can help change your life.
How does it work?
Add 2 -3 tasks that really matter to you.
Start the timer and work on that one thing for the next 25 minutes.
Take a short break (using the timer).
Repeat the process.
Make progress slowly but surely.