Too busy to do nothing



It has been the phenomenon of the decade; with all of these devices in our hands and the information about everything in the world at our fingertips, we are finding it easier and easier to be busy. 

Our calendars fill up, our phones receive texts and emails and our list of things to do is never ending. 

We are constantly busy.

And the worst part is? We relish in the thought of being busy; we share it with others, we ask others how busy they are and we exasperate to others about how many things we have to do before the day is over. 

I can’t remember how many times I have heard, “I’m swamped” in a working environment and on a personal level with tasks at hand. I get it – people are busy with family, work, personal and other things going on in their life. They don’t have time to be with other people because they are busy and more importantly, they are too busy to do nothing at any time. 

Whatever happened to being bored? 

If I could tell my 5-year-old self that I won’t be bored for long once smart technology hits, I would’ve spent more time being bored than asking my parents for things to do. 

A few years ago, I found it incredibly difficult to find time in my day to breathe without agitation. I lost sight of the person I was, constantly buried underneath work and not even proud of the fact that I was at the same status as everyone else, “swamped”. I wasn’t happy. I lost a part of me in a world where being busy meant you were getting your work done and taking more than you could probably handle in your bandwidth. I thought it would make me happy to reach that mark where “everyone” else was but I found myself in the opposite position.

I tried my hardest to leave time to sit and breath for a few minutes at a time. I tried to leave work at work and find personal time in writing, reading, yoga and running. I used to wish that there were more than 24 hours in a day to fit what I wanted to accomplish in a day’s time and that led me to multi-tasking… and later feeling the effects of being burnt out quicker. 

When I’m trying to practice mindfulness, learning to unplug, focus on my surroundings and being present in each and every moment, I find internal peace that is hard to get from doing anything else. Feeling the silence reverberate as I sit and do nothing but listen, be aware and absorb; it is something so simple yet so rewarding at the same time.

When I think about how far we’ve come – from children who were bored, to the teenage stages of awkwardness and adulthood of busyness; it is trivial to think that our end goal to a happy life is helped by finding peace in absolutely nothing at all. No material things, no fancy technology, just you and your self. 

As I set my intention for the week – to be more mindful and to be more aware, I encourage everyone to take time for yourself. 

Unwind, unplug, unwrap.

3 Comments

  1. Great stuff Vivian, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    We live in a world that has become busier and more stress-filled than ever. As you say, many people don’t think they have the time in their day to do the things they would like to do.

    It’s important to look at our daily tasks and really evaluate what is necessary and brings value to our lives. What could we cut out to give us more time to ourselves or to spend with love ones. Whether it’s less time or social media, or saying no to that extra project at work. Over time, these small changes could be great time savers.

    Loving the content, keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

    PS – On a related note, I’m on the hunt for feedback for my new show The HERO Podcast! It’s all about creating healthy habit. The episode with Derek Doepker may be of interest to you where he discusses how to make lasting changes. You can check it out (and maybe leave a short review if you like) on my website and on iTunes.

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