I recently stumbled upon a post from the On Being blog entitled “The Disease of Being Busy,” which was so powerful, it led me to reflect upon my own schedule and rethink the entire definition of work-life balance.
If you feel over-scheduled, or just too busy, here’s some food for thought:
- Your self-worth should not be a reflection of how busy you are – Think of being overscheduled as a reflection of poor time-management; not being popular or important.
- Embrace down time – Kids and parents need time for free play, to get bored!
- Prioritize family time – Rather than committing to so many activities that parents are forced to “divide and conquer;” plan activities that can be done as an entire family. Some ideas include a family game night, a hike in the woods, a trip to the playground, or free play.
- Think of ways to step away from gadgets – As the article points out, our phones and tablets can be time killers. Can we set them aside and enjoy the simple things in life?
I hope that you will carve out a couple of minutes to read “The Disease of Being Busy,” (http://www.onbeing.org/blog/the-disease-of-being-busy/7023). It can help you become more mindful and aware of overscheduling, and ultimately make smarter choices in the future.
Looking for more tips? A nice selection of Huffington Post passages can be found here.