In the book The Overworked American, Harvard economist Juliet B. Schor claims that we now work 163 more hours each year than people did 20 years ago. That means in the last 20 years, we have found a way to work an extra month each year. I wonder what we have to show for it outside of hearing people talking about being really busy.
"It's not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?" - Henry David Thoreau
Now more than ever, we must prioritize the things in our lives that are truly important from the things that are simply stealing more time from us. The trajectory of our culture points to a life that will continue to push more and more into our already busy lives.
Unless we decide to radically take a look at our daily lives, we will find ourselves keeping busy with the urgency of the day and what comes easiest.
Those that are busy accomplishing the important know exactly how to prioritize what matters most.