I was told more than once to read the New York Times article entitled The Busy Trap. The sad part is that every time I started reading through it – an email would pop up or I’d feel like I had too many things to do at the time to even finish. Finally, a couple nights ago, I crawled into bed and proceeded to re-read through everything and actually finish it. Not only that, but I sat there thinking about what I had read for a solid hour before I could fall asleep. It definitely got my mind working!
I’ve spent the past year and a half being … busy. Really busy. Part of this has to do with the fact that I wanted my own business to be successful and grow in the future, but also because I allow myself to keep working more than I should on a given day. Of course hard work and dedication is essential to freelancing, but how much is too much? I’ll admit that I can’t keep up my pace for much longer, simply because it’s not healthy. I’m to a point in my work where I finally feel stable in what I’m doing when it comes to clients and future projects, so relaxing a bit is something I definitely feel comfortable with. The following passage stood out most to me in the NY Times article :
“I suppose it’s possible I’ll lie on my deathbed regretting that I didn’t work harder and say everything I had to say, but I think what I’ll really wish is that I could have one more beer with Chris, another long talk with Megan, one last good hard laugh with Boyd. Life is too short to be busy.”
This couldn’t be more true. Although it’s a little weird to think about one’s deathbed, I know for a fact that I won’t be thinking to myself “I wish I worked with so and so on that huge branding project!” No way – not at all. My life has always felt much more fulfilling / rewarding when I’m around those I love most, simply enjoy the day. I hope to enjoy many more experiences, travel more, and live a less rushed life in the near future. It’s definitely hard NOT to be busy, especially in our fast paced world, but I’ll get there. Promise!