Achieving Just the Right Balance of Busy

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” — Dale Carnegie

Many of us complain nowadays that we are too busy…and that may well be true. Excess work and lack of proper rest are bad for both body and mind. However, that fantasy you have every workday around 2:00 when you wish you could be sitting by the ocean sipping margaritas and watching the waves might not be great for you either.

Here are some reasons why it is actually good for you to be at least moderately busy:

Keeps Your Brain Working

Sitting around may be good once in a while, but ultimately, your brain is not getting the kind of stimulation it needs to come through for you on a regular basis.

You Will Learn New Things

Even if you are just doing your regular routine, there is a good chance that you are learning new things and acquiring new skills.

You Feel Challenged

Most of us spend so much of our lives doing things that feel like a waste of time. When you are busy, you are out there getting things done and feeling accomplished.

Boredom is Not a Factor

See above. No time to be bored when your plate is full.

Holidays Mean More

If you are genuinely busy during the work week, a holiday means more to both body and mind.

Productive Distraction

If there are things weighing on your mind that cannot be solved in the here and now, that can be very difficult to deal with. However, if you are busy, such worries have to be put aside for the time being, in favor of things you can address and problems you can solve.

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