I’ve been thinking a lot lately about busy-ness, where it comes from, what it means and what’s the difference between “good” and “bad” busy. Scott Belsky at 99U shares some thoughts about the importance of taking time to allow your mind to wander in uncharted territory:
There has been much discussion about the value of the “creative pause” – a state described as “the shift from being fully engaged in a creative activity to being passively engaged, or the shift to being disengaged altogether.” This phenomenon is the seed of the break-through “a-ha!” moments that people so frequently report having in the shower. In these moments, you are completely isolated, and your mind is able to wander and churn big questions without interruption.
However, despite the incredible power and potential of sacred spaces, they are quickly becoming extinct. We are depriving ourselves of every opportunity for disconnection. And our imaginations suffer the consequences.
We live in a busy world, in a culture that equates an over-full schedule with our value and worth. I have clients tell me that they would like to visualize their lives and make conscious choices, choices in line with their goals, values, beliefs and spirit about where they are going next. But they don’t have time!
This overwhelming busy-ness seems to be most acute for those raising children while working full time or running a business. The demands are endless and can overtake us, almost before we know what happened.
That’s what made me think of developing the workshop I’m presenting next Tuesday as part of the Women on the Edge (of Greatness!) virtual conference. My topic? Get Control of Your Busy-ness Before it Gets Control of You. The conference has just gotten started and continues with daily sessions by webinar for the next week and a half. I still have one free registration available, if you have time! 🙂