Good busy vs bad busy

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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.

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