How are you?

Person 1: Really busy. Work is crazy, we are redecorating the living room, the kids are full on and I’m learning Chinese in my spare time

Person 2: Really good. I have been working contracted hours only, reading, turning off tech and playing with the kids.

What judgements are you making about these two people?

Many of us associate the first person with success and productivity and the second perhaps with laziness and self-indulgence. The truth is you have no idea who is the more effective worker although we would predict that it is person 2.

If busy is a badge of honour for you, start to be curious about why this is and what stories you are telling yourself about being busy.

Are you at your best when you are busy and who do you become when you have space?

*These words were produced for our Advent Calendar in December 2020.

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