Here’s why you feel busy all the time


Most of us are struggling with time management problems. But are we really getting busy or just feeling busy? According to a leading theory, changing lifestyles instead of working overtime is to blame. Many studies suggest that most of us are working fewer hours than we used to and taking more holidays, too. So what’s going on?

Still, there is not a definite answer. We now largely depend on technology for both personal and professional use. Thus, we see things as hectic even when they are not. The stunning amount of information, an ‘always-on’ attitude, and the way smartphones keep us connected to one another around the clock are all reasons why we can’t relax as much as we should.

According to the UK 2012 report, Technology brings us many benefits. But it also causes overloaded information and blurred boundaries between work and non-work time. Thus, it enables more complex monitoring and control of employees.

That’s why we feel like we are working even when we aren’t.

Aoife McLoughlin, a psychologist from James Cook University in Singapore, conducted research last year. She concludes, “Using modern gadgets actually makes time appear to go by faster.”

“It’s complex that we trying to act according to technology and being fast and effective. It seems like there’s something about the technology itself that prepare us to increase that pacemaker inside of us that measures the passing of time.”

Having too many relaxation options makes us feel like we have less relaxation time. It all depends on the mystery of choice. Having too many options appears to be a good thing, but it can actually create anxiety.

We think being busy leads to success and fulfillment in this competitive era. Thus, we’re more likely to fill our time to show others we are following the right path. And we prefer to be busy.

According to Tony Crabbe, a time management author, feeling busy manifests in an infinite world. The pressure to ultimately get through infinite work and relaxation options makes us feel more pressured and harassed than ever before.

However, there is also the truth: when was the last time you realized you’d dealt with everything in your inbox and listened to everything on Spotify?

Experts showed in last century, “we’d all be working much fewer. Thanks to technological advancements. But the arrival of the internet, robots and algorithms don’t seem to have reduced our workload just yet.” Maybe they have noticed, and we just haven’t.


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