Life it too short to be busy

I’ve just read this excellent article on the New York Times (online), called The Busy Trap.
In essence, it says that life is short, we all like to say that we’re busy to feel important, but at the end we might be victims of the busy trap.
I don’t necessarily agree on everything, but I found the article fascinating, and stimulating.

I’m lucky. My job, despite being intense and sometimes very demanding, gives me a lot of rewards, not just in terms of money, but in a more general sense.
I am busy, yes, but not in a sick way.
For example, today I woke up early, did some push-ups, had a shower, checked my email, then breakfast with my Wife, then to work. After two intense and productive hours, I took a look at my twitter stream, found the blog of Engineer without a cause, and started reading. I spent prehaps twenty minutes reading about Jeff Hull, who recently moved from Boston to Rwanda, de facto following much of the principles outlined in The Busy Trap article.
And then, of course, Jeff mentioned the article itself, and I decided to go and read it.
After reading it, I decided to write about it, and share my ideas with my blog readers.
Is this work? Maybe, maybe not. But it’s a fantastic way to feel creative, feel free, and enjoy the day.
Now it’s time to get back to strictly work-related things, but this half an hour of I-am-doing-what-I-want feels amazing.
And I realize that some people might not have this luxury. As said, I am lucky.

What do you think? Want to share your experience?


  1. Davide 'Folletto' Casali · August 20, 2012 Reply

    I have very similar days. I oscillate between discussing “work” topics with people, to do “productive work” (i.e. “with a deliverable of some kind”) to create just network, connections and material for others, to share my knowledge… I’d say that the best feeling I have is when I’m able to help someone else: to find the right answer, the right person, some confidence, the right job, and so on. 🙂

    I can’t however help in detailing something like you did of the discoveries of the day: I have a difficult time in keeping track of things by the end of the day. Maybe that’s bad, I don’t know. 😉

  2. Focus - Simone Brunozzi · August 23, 2012 Reply

    […] share some of them with you. But before that, let me tell you why I think this is important: in our busy lives, it’s difficult to find enough time to read our feeds, or in general to get informed about […]

  3. Jeff · August 28, 2012 Reply

    Hey Simone,

    Thanks for the mention. I have been thinking about what constitutes “work” a lot lately. Like many developers I have an addiction to reading startup news, random interest articles and code tutorials – its not “work” per se but it inspires “work” and it certainly satisfies in ways that work can’t. I liken it to an artist visiting a museum, or a designer who has a box full of cutouts, materials and objects (a Pinterest full of pins?)

    Starting a blog has been awesome to just get my thoughts out there (I even got my first post blogged about haha) Its great to document the things I learn on the way and like any “journal” I look forward to revisiting this stuff years from now.

    Leaving Rwanda soon, headed to Kenya and then Sierra Leone. If you ever do make it to Rwanda let me know and I can make some recs. Absolutely check out which is a new hackerspace
    with the fastest internet in the country and a really awesome thing going on.


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