Next week or month I'll be busy with other projects again. Just like everyone else, because we all seem busier than ever. Post-pandemic 'everything is allowed again' and against better judgment the (work) agendas are just as full as they were two years ago. The productivity at the office, which is somewhat lower than at home, takes some getting used to. Not to mention all life events such as office/housewarmings, (work) anniversaries and weddings that, it seems, all have to be caught up at once. Busy busy busy! I notice it in my circle of friends, in my business network and see the trend online. The question 'How are you?' is increasingly answered with 'Busy, busy, busy!'.
Both at work and privately. 'Busy' is quite a cliché answer, but at the same time quite special. Because: is it actually good or bad? Being busy is often interpreted as something positive, but is it really so? And where is the line between pleasantly busy and We provide high-quality Whatsapp list we have too busy? Spoiler : of course that differs per person. Time makes happier We actually live in time poverty , as Ashley Whillans (assistant professor at Harvard Business School) calls it in her research on happiness . Roland Grootenboer puts it nicely in his newsletter : Time poverty drains us and makes us unhappy because it feels like we are constantly running out of time.
According to Whillans' research, people are happier when they prioritize time over money. In other words, money doesn't buy happiness, but time does. For example, time with your loved ones. It's probably not hard to recognize yourself in it, but sometimes it is to live by it. Why we are so busy Time is a great asset and luckily you have a lot of control over how you spend that time. But while being less busy sounds appealing, we're having a hard time getting it done. In the TEDtalk ' The real reason you feel so busy (and what to do about it) ' that YouTube recently shoved under my nose, Professor Dorie Clark explains why.