How busy are you?

Because I am only busy and not crazy-busy right now, I actually had time to read and digest an excellent article about self-imposed busy-ness by Tim Krieder. It’s nothing I didn’t already know, but a lot of things I tend to forget. Maybe I should stick some choice excerpts up on my wall to help me remember that sometimes it’s okay to spend a day doing absolutely nothing that could be readily classed as “productive”. I honestly can’t remember the last time I did that without guiltily feeling like I was just wasting the whole damn day.

My favourite pull-quote:

“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”

The rest lives here and is well worth your consideration.

As for me, for now, it’s back to the word mines.

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