The Busy Trap

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Happy Friday! This week has been insanely busy. It’s got me thinking about busy-ness in general. My friend Joanna hosts a little articles club (like a book club but for busy and lazy ladies like us). This week we chatted about this New York Times article titled “The ‘Busy’ Trap. The writer postulates that most of our busy-ness is self imposed. We’re not working in a coal mine or driving a truck, we’re in media, the arts etc. The point of the article in my view was to take time to be idle, luxuriate in down time with friends etc.

I vascillate between trying to create a work/life balance and just letting myself get absorbed in the exhileration of my career that I’ve worked really hard for. I enjoy my work and want to do lots of it. I could turn some jobs down and it’s true that when I take on too much I get stressed and overwhelmed but perhaps that’s part of the exhileration? I’m not sure if that’s bad or good or not even worth judging. I have learned that life changes and shifts at a rapid rate. I’m on this train and it’s barrelling toward something and right now I like where it’s going, the stress is manageable for me. Perhaps at some point I’ll want to take a step back and sigh and schedule in some more leisure activities….perhaps not.

I did these illustrations for Frau Magazine out of Japan.

One Response to The Busy Trap

  1. Sierra June 22, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    I used to feel guilty when I would put work before social activities. Lately though I feel that in compromising with my husband by stopping work by 10pm most nights and taking week-ends off unless there is an urgent deadline, I’m at least trying. However, as I said to him the other day, I have made my wildest dreams come true career wise, I do what I loved and imagined as a little girl. I LOVE what I do and have been sacrificing everything over the past 10 years to get here…and I part of why I did this was because I am the happiest hard at work in my studio. I think its ok to luxuriate in work if you love it…as long as you’re not neglecting those nearest and dearest, go for it! p.s. I’ve been a fan of yours for years and it shows that you love what you do 😉

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