Just because you’re less busy, doesn’t necessarily follow that you are relaxed, unstressed and more productive. I know people who are less busy and yet all stressed up and unproductive. And there are folks who are so busy yet unstressed and very productive. So, what makes for a so busy and yet less busy you (but more productive)?
It’s true. You can be so busy and yet less busy at the same time. People who love their jobs or businesses don’t feel like they’re doing any work because it’s all just like enjoying a hobby. I’ve heard of basketball players who are always busy training and yet actually feeling less busy because to them they’re merely playing their favorite game. See what I mean?
Less Busy is Not Idling Around
Thus, being less busy doesn’t really mean less activity or work. It means you have less to do with grinding work and more to do with things you love doing. Less busy doesn’t mean sitting all day at home doing nothing. In my case, it means doing bible studies with the right folks, talking with or making friends, reading, blogging, researching, posting promotions and ads on social media, managing my FB pages, emailing people and the like. Things I love doing and does not, in any way, feel like work to me.
Well, there are days when I don’t feel like doing anything and sometimes I set aside time for that—idling time. When I was an employee I could not afford this. But now that I’m a freelancer working from home, I can. But I make sure it does not take longer than it should. Half a day is enough and a day is long enough. What do I do during idling time? It’s either I talk a long, sweet time with God or with my wife. Sometimes I just watch a movie or two. I believe occasional idling times are healthy. It kindof re-programs your mind or “reboots” it to refresh it and be ready to take on new adventures.
Sometimes it’s doing nothing but “keep still and know that I am God,” says the bible. You do nothing but it’s so productive.
More Busy Does Not Always Mean More Productive
Some folks keep busy to make an impression of productivity, like the carpenter who keeps going to and from at the construction site and pounding away at his hammer, hitting anything on sight (but not doing anything in particular), just to create an impression of busyness and productiveness.
And sometimes it’s become a way of life. You find things to be busy with (even if they’re unimportant things) because that tells you you’ve had a useful day. Like this guy in high school who went to the library and borrowed a lot of books, only to look at pictures in the books all day long. That made him feel like he’s become a bookworm. Or the officemate who did nothing all day everyday but keep his desk clean and shiny.
Unfulfilled Unless Overworked
And then there are folks who have to get exhausted with what they’re doing before they can get any satisfaction. To them, resting is mortal sin. Their only enjoyment in life is getting really tired. The real meaning of life is hard labor. I remember this church choir that kept on practicing from sunrise to sundown and even extended up to the wee hours of dawn the next day. When they finally saw themselves extremely exhausted, they stopped, content that they have pleased God with their efforts.
Perhaps, nothing is as powerful in depicting what so busy and yet less busy (but more productive) is really about than this passage in the bible:
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. [2 Peter 1]
Being busy with character building is when you get less busy but more productive.
Image above from Quantum Sobriety.