As I was reading this article I began thinking about how many times a week I tell others about just how busy I am. It's a conditioned response.
A common exchange:
Family/Friend/Business colleague: "How are you?" Me: "I'm great--super busy--you know how it is."
But am I really?
I have created a paradigm in my head that my seemingly unending busyness is somehow commensurate with my value.
I am quick to dole out sage advice about setting boundaries and making the right choices to have a full and balanced life. I mean it and I want to believe that I practice what I preach. I am not sure that I always do.
So, I'm going to give this a try-- I am sure that I can find three minutes per day to find more free time.
I know that professionals tend to overestimate work hours; we remember our busiest weeks as typical. This is partly because negative experiences stand out in the mind more than positive ones, and partly because we all like to see ourselves as hard-working. One study from the June 2011 Monthly Labor Review found that people estimating 75-plus hour workweeks were off, on average, by about 25 hours.