An employee commuting to the “office”, working long shifts, coping with a boss who has unreasonable expectations, dealing with co-workers who do not do their fair share, staying late for overtime, being assigned meaningless tasks, not to mention facing a steady stream of deadlines.
A parent waking the kids for school (harder than it sounds!), helping them with homework, feeding them, clothing them, providing for them, not to mention chauffeuring them to every activity under the sun.
Let’s not forget cooking, household chores, shopping for essentials, and those everyday errands that keep us grounded. Then there’s fitting in time for exercise, spending time with family and friends, pursuing interests, and even allowing a bit of self-care.
Doing all of it.
Busy-ness. It’s the American way of life.
You are judged for what you produce and you are asked to produce more and more. Whether you are married or single, whether you are self-employed or employed by someone else, whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working parent, society pushes you to extremes by adding to your to-do list.
My point? If you get exhausted by a stressful schedule, don’t worry.
That’s right. A stressful work/life schedule is so common it actually has a medical diagnostic code. While you may be comforted that you are not alone, it is a bit disconcerting that the busy-ness of your life can be thought of as a disease.
That doesn’t mean you have to accept it. If you find life spinning out of control, slow down and take time to reflect. As Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) says, “It is possible to be busy — very busy — without being very effective.” You need to look closely and prioritize what it is you want out of life. What do you need to live a happy life vs. what is just taking up time? That is as easy and as hard as it sounds. Spending time on what really matters will center you and cut down on the unnecessary busy-ness.