With few exceptions Americans are among the busiest people on the planet (this statement is based on absolutely no research, I don’t have time for that!).
Being the busiest doesn’t necessarily mean that we are accomplishing the most, but we sure are busy.
I think we sometimes forget that too much of anything is not a good thing. Too much alcohol leads to a hangover, too much repetition of a word makes it lose it’s meaning and too much bailout money apparently makes you more corrupt.
The reason I’m thinking about this is because I’ve been running around as busy as a bee in honey marketing season and I’ve ended up worn out and suffering from the flu.
Getting sick is the body’s way of reminding us we need an intermission.
It’s a good reminder that balancing the hard work with a bit of downtime makes the hard work more productive. A personal trainer I know advocates a break from your workout regimen every time you hit a plateau. There you are, lifting weights, running in circles and getting ripped like Arnold Schwarzeneggar used to be before the muscle he flexed was merely political. Your muscles are working hard and getting fat egos from all the attention you’re showering on them but then, after a while, they get tired from all that growth and they keep on trying to get bigger so that you’ll approve of them but what they really need is a break. Once they get a little rest and perspective they are able to recover from all the hard work. Next thing you know, you’re back at the gym, you’re leaping off your plateau and sailing to new heights.
Similarly, most of us shrug off things like the flu and insist we can keep going. That not only drags out the sickness, it exposes others to it, spreading it farther and wider and eventually bringing it back to you.
If, instead, we take a day or two and do nothing we’ll likely heal faster and get back to work refreshed and with a renewed sense of purpose.
This is my new plan for dealing with an always lengthy to-do list. Everything in moderation. Get some work done, take a little break, get more work done. First, though, I have to kick the flu. So if you need me, I’ll be here:
If you find yourself looking to test my theory about words losing their meaning with repetition, I suggest bubblegum, it’s a fun word so even when it has no meaning it will still sound hilarious coming out of your mouth.