The Death of Busy

There is a saying by Lao Tzu that says, “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”
Here’s the thing. If you stop being busy, then your job is already half done. Crazy concept, but humor me for a moment. Fact is that most people have developed a kind of thinking wherein they believe that if they are so busy, they must be somebody important.
You hear people grumbling day in, and day out: “I have too many things to do! I am so out of time! I have a need for speed – Busy-ness makes you that way.” Sounds familiar? Perhaps you said those things before. This is not your fault, it’s just that the world is becoming a society that is measured by productivity, activity, and being extremely occupied.
Just stop it. Stop being busy and slow down. If you do so, you will learn to focus on the things that need to be done and you will soon realize that your schedule is quite clear and your to-do list is almost – not there.
One step is all it takes to start this revolution: say to yourself, “I am not going to be busy anymore.” And although you may not have total control of your schedule, it would seem that things are clearer, and just easier to tackle.
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