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Are your Crazy Busy? Do Nothing of Real Value

Are you living your life in the “F State?”

Dr. Hallowell, author of CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and about to Snap!, defines this state as fractured, frenzied, flailing, fearful, forgetful, flustered, furious, feverish and frantic.  It is the state of mind that drives you to utter the famous f-word.  In this state, you have lost it.

You live your life in your head.  Pleasure does not even factor into the equation.

You’re plugged in.  You’re sedentary (and sedated.)  You’re the one to get it all done for every body.  Your social life happens at work.  Your desk is your life.

Yet, this busyness is borne out of Enthusiasm.  There are so many “things” you want to get done.  There are so many “classes” you want to take.  It’s exciting.  Addicting. Fun.  It’s like being a kid in a candy store where you can have a little bit of this, a little bit of that, a little bit of everything.  You get our fill so quickly you leave stuffed, bloated – pushing yourself away from your own “Thanksgiving” table of life.

This busyness is also borne of Fear.  It keeps us feeling numb and our lives, an exhausting sprint with no finish line, no real purpose, and no way to win. And us? Exhausted and joyless.

I invite you to observe all the needless activities you cram into your life– from constant emailing to extraneous chores. Than ask yourself: What could I slowly start cutting out of my day?

What if you didn’t load the wash until later in the afternoon? What if you responded to emails only once a day? What if you didn’t answer the phone and instead stared into space.

Here’s a tip for you this week to help you get off the Busyness Hamster Wheel.

Now this tip is just the tip of the iceberg. What I’d really love is your input on “Busyness”.

Take a moment and really think about the most helpful ways you get off the “Crazybusy” Train. Do you unplug? Do you create boundaries? Do you make more time with friends? Do you exercise?  Do you have a great way of prioritizing?

Leave a comment below and let me know. Remember, the more specific you can be, the better. Your experience and insight helps us all.

Thank you, as always, for reading, watching and sharing!

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3 Responses to “Are your Crazy Busy? Do Nothing of Real Value”

  1. Juli says:

    For the past two years, I have been on a non-traditional schedule. My “fun” time and/or quiet, spiritual time isn’t always regular because I have been living with my parents, and in exchange for a roof and food, I have certain chores I have to do that aren’t on a regular schedule, as well as having to be an emergency babysitter for my nephews if my parents can’t watch them. Needless to say, Saturday and Sunday aren’t always a total 48 hours of freedom each week. So, what I started doing a while ago was making a running list of fun, inexpensive and/or spiritual things I can do when I do have free time, even if it’s not for hours. YouTube is a big help in that department – I am subscribed to several channels whose videos really lift me up, and most of them are no longer than 10 minutes.Or I shoot for an hour once-a-week for an at-home spa night.It’s really, really helped.Keeping the running list reminds me my sanity and health are worth it! :)

    • Joëlle says:

      Juli,
      How brilliant of you to schedule in your self-care, to have a running list from which to choose, and to ACT upon it! So often we have unexpected “free” and fritter is away in mindless (energy draining) activity. You have found a way to squeeze pleasure out of life by being prepare for those moments. Genius! xoxo Joëlle

  2. Joëlle says:

    It’s a journey to get to the top of our list, isn’t it? And such a joy when we arrive there. I can SO tell you’re in hahahaheaven! xoxo Joëlle

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