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The Difference between Keeping Busy and Keeping Active

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Have you ever met one of those people who are constantly busy? No time for this or that – too busy! They scurry around huffing and puffing about not having enough hours in the day or days in the week. Either we know someone like that – or we are one ourselves.

But just how much does this ‘busy-ness’ actually accomplish in the grand scheme of our lives?

While it’s important to stay active, there is a world of difference between keeping ourselves engaged in productive endeavours and just keeping busy.

Perhaps it comes down to how organised we are. Are we busy because we are not good at planning our time? Maybe we’re busy because we just can’t say ‘no.’

Stressed Woman
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I think that every now and then we should stop and take a breather and look at how we are spending our time.

Are we accomplishing our long-term goals?

Are we serving a higher purpose?

Are we making life better for ourselves and our loved ones?

Are we content?


Are we giving our precious time to pointless tasks or lost causes? Worse still – are others taking advantage of our good nature and monopolising our time?

Productive activity can be completely satisfying – to look back on our day, our week, or even our life and know that our time has been well spent.

So what do you see when you look back? A frantic blur of busy-ness with little to show for it - or the satisfaction of time well-spent?

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