It's Time to Stop Being So Busy—and Be Productive

Everyone I know is incredibly busy. My old boss used to complain about being “overscheduled” and “too busy” several times a week for the entire two years that I worked for her. Earlier this month, I tried to make plans with a good friend and she said, “I’m busy until mid-November.” My parents are both retired, but when I talk to my mom on the phone, she's talking about how they are just “so busy.” Chances are that you’re probably busy, too. I get it: Between work, friends, family, social engagements, and that hot new restaurant opening up in your neighborhood, it’s hard not to be busy. Up until recently, I was super busy, too. But one day, I realized I was too busy to get the things I wanted (and sometimes needed) to do done. Being busy was ruining my ability to be truly productive! According to scientific research, I’m not alone—the human brain is wired to crave busyness. If that is the case, how can we stop being so busy and start being more productive? It takes some effort, but it can be done. Here’s how.