The Buzz About Busy Bees: Five Reasons People Need To Be Busy

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If half of what you read on Facebook is about how busy so-and-so is or all your friends constantly talk about how busy they are, reading this post might provide some insight into this busy culture.

In the blog post “On Being Busy,” by “Design Mom” blogger Amy Hackworth, she points out how people, in efforts to stay busy and to be able to say they are busy, add unnecessary things to their day to keep them running.

It makes me wonder if I do this. Are others doing this? Is this why everybody is able to legitimately claim they are so busy? Now that I have read the article “The Busy Trap,” by New York Times writer Tim Kreider, I believe it is so. Collectively, it seems that a whole bunch of us have decided busy means something important to us, so we all make ourselves busy.

“Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day,” wrote Kreider.

To break down what saying your busy communicates to you and others, I’m providing this list of why we may be saying we are busy all the time (aside from being busy while at work because there you are usually unavailable).


    Believing we are busy provides self-importance and displays importance when we tell others about it.

    Being busy reassures our purpose. By adding things to the day that may not be necessary, we are filling in a potential void that may lead to feelings of doubt.

    Busyness is linked to success. If you aren’t busy all the time, you aren’t a success-oriented individual.

    Being a busy bee is the only way we can get everything done. Living as if every day is the only day that everything can be done and that there will not ever be any other time to do anything.

    Behaving like our peers is important. We hear and read about people filling their days to the brim and we feel the need to keep up with everyone, especially those whom we revere.

“It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this, any more than any one person wants to be part of a traffic jam or stadium trampling or the hierarchy of cruelty in high school — it’s something we collectively force one another to do,” wrote Kreider.

I don’t want to say that it is bad to be busy, but maybe just not all the time.

Take time to do nothing every once and a while, let all that busyness go and try excluding talk of how busy you are and see if that makes any change in your life.

I would say good luck, but trust me, slowing down is easier than that.


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