Good busy vs bad busy
Busyness is something that life coach Louise Thompson sees all the time in the clients at her practice. “I think the key is to look at whether it’s ‘good busy’ or ‘bad busy’,” she says.
Thompson says being busy isn’t always a bad thing. Being absorbed in a task or fully occupied in something productive can be hugely fulfi lling. It produces what psychologists call ‘fl ow’ — that feeling of complete absorption and focus which leads to great feelings of satisfaction.
On the other hand, ‘bad busy’ is when you’re overwhelmed, distracted, and your thoughts are scattered. You feel like you’ll never get through your to-do list, and you’re just trying to make it through the week, one day at a time. This is the kind of busy that causes stress.
“Bad busy is an increasingly common state,” says Thompson. “Many in the digital age feel they’re constantly juggling work, home, family, social and community obligations. Bad busy is crammed with too many obligations, over-commitment, trying to please too many people — and put ting yourself last.” We run from one thing to another all day long before rushing home for food and sleep . It's no wonder we feel tired all the time! Fatigue and stress are extremely common symptoms of modern life.