Is busyness an addiction?

As a working mother, I’ve recently started to notice that life seems to be passing me by in a blur.

Keeping up

Staying on top of a busy job and home life sometimes seem to require a special talent.

I’m still kind of keeping up, but I’m often tired and forget things. Lately I’ve almost been too tired to write my blog and this morning I almost forgot to take a shower. 😛

Is it really necessary?

I’ve asked myself if it’s really necessary to live this way. According to the New York Times modern society has become addicted to busyness and we are forcing each other to live like this. You are only important and your life is only meaningful if you are hectically busy all the time. According to this article we are also trying to forget the fact that most of the jobs we do these days actually don’t mean anything. As a corporate slave, I acknowledge the fact that my job doesn’t really contribute anything to the world at large. 😛


There are people who deliberately overschedule themselves with all kinds of extracurricular activities, on top of their work and home lives. Don’t ask me why you would seek out this extra punishment, but apparently many do.

Busy children

They even force their children to adopt this crazy lifestyle. Many children are hectically busy and overscheduled, which is probably part of the reason why we are seeing mental health issues among younger and younger people these days.

There is no more time for independent play and learning creativity by making up your own games.

Multitasking bad for your brain

Multitasking is a symptom of our busyness, and it seems that this activity has taken over our lives, especially those of working mothers, who have to juggle many balls at the same time.

According to some web articles it has now been discovered that multitasking, especially with multiple electronic devices, actually shrinks the part of your brain that is involved in processing emotion.

Negatives of multitasking:

  • Multitasking also overloads the brain’s processing capacity and the brain starts to slow down. I’ve experienced this at work when trying to work on several projects at once and more emails just keep coming in. I usually discover several half typed emails which were supposed to have been sent hours ago, before I was interrupted and distracted by new emails or the telephone.
  • We become less efficient. I’ve found myself staring at my laptop screen, unable to decide what I should do next.
  • Multitasking causes the release of stress hormones and adrenaline, which can cause people to become irritable and enraged. I have experienced this myself and have seen it in other people. 😛

Maybe it’s time we stopped multitasking for a moment and seriously reconsidered our lifestyles? Life is so short, do we really want spend it on a multitude of tasks and emails just so that we can feel important?

Think about it this way, if the stress doesn’t kill you and you do manage to reach an advanced age, are you going to wish that you worked harder or that you spent more time with your family?


3 thoughts on “Is busyness an addiction?

  1. I blame the feminists of the 60’s and 70’s, now women have to do it all…work, husbands, kids, cook, extracuricular activities…

    1. But I also think women are just simply better at managing the children and household, as this is our evolutionary purpose. However, we do also have contributions to make to business, and we should be given the opportunity to do this on a more flexible basis. But I suspect the business world will never change to accommodate working mothers, so we will need to make our own opportunities.

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