Samara O'Shea

The Bulls**t of Being Busy

There’s a compelling opinion piece in the Times called The ‘Busy’ Trap. It focuses on how being busy is much more of a hinderance than a help to us. And, often times, being busy is an illusion we create ourselves. From the article:

“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. ‘Idle dreaming is often of the essence of what we do,’ wrote Thomas Pynchon in his essay on sloth. Archimedes’ ‘Eureka’ in the bath, Newton’s apple, Jekyll & Hyde and the benzene ring: history is full of stories of inspirations that come in idle moments and dreams. It almost makes you wonder whether loafers, goldbricks and no-accounts aren’t responsible for more of the world’s great ideas, inventions and masterpieces than the hardworking.”