Doing more only to do less – do we glorify busy?

Some people have told me that becuase I read, I need more things to do.
Frankly you need less, why must a family after the parents have been working all day & the child maybe at school (if not at daycare) have activities every single day?  You need rest, otherwise you will end up in the hospital with exhaustion. This can hapen even if you are just really busy at work even if you don’t bring it home with you.

I have an aunt & uncle who are like this. They always seem to be rushing around, or late. I think whe people say they’re busy is they think they think,  it makes them sound important and to me all you sound is insecure and self-consious.

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Stop the glorification of busy.My friend Gavin was telling me about a conversation he had with some Dutch colleagues. Gavin, and his compadre Georgina, find that the sheer volume of work they are confronted with on a weekly basis is just un-doable within the confines of a normal 8-hour work day. So they regularly put in 10-hour days at the office. And another couple of hours at home picking up emails. This causes all sorts of problems: they’re tired all the time, their spouses feel ignored, they don’t want to go out at night or over the weekend and they lose touch with friends.

Hmmfff…”, said their pals, “In Holland, if you were to work like that we would think you were not coping.”

“Am I”, he wondered, “not coping? Or am I doing more than I should? And if I am doing more than I should –  what should I stop doing? And…

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