Somewhere between now and
high school, boasting about busyness
has moved up the fad ladder.
Somehow, having no free time
available has become a translation
for success, and we wear said success
like a badge of honor, challenging
anyone who is seemingly competing
for said badge.
Homework? I have more.
Exercising? I don’t have enough time
to. You wake up at 7 a.m.? I wake
up at 6 a.m. No matter the scenario,
someone has you beat.
We are all college students and
we all have busy schedules. But that’s
just it—we are all college studentsand we also all have free time.
Whether we spend that free
time for something relaxing like a
nap, procrastinating on homework
by browsing Facebook and watching
Netflix, or going to the library to
memorize anatomy terms, it is still free time.
Most of us struggle with “free time.” We live in a society that is
responsible for the idea that busier
is better, and if you aren’t busy, then
you’re doing something wrong.
But you know what? Life is
supposed to be about doing things
you enjoy. If you’re always too busy
for those things, then what kind of
life is that?
Having time on your hands isn’t a bad thing. It will leave you time for
hobbies and time to think of your life
and figure out how to stop glorifying
The reality is we create most of
the busyness ourselves. We feel the
need to impress others with our busy
schedules and we go to extremes to
do so. We pull all-nighters, we spend
hours on end in the library, and we
join clubs we don’t have time for.
Extreme busyness can potentially
be prevented with organization and
good time management. It’s about
balance and setting priorities.
But not participating in the
busyness challenge doesn’t equal
laziness. Chances are, most of those
who aren’t competing to be busy aren’t focusing their attention on
how their lives appear online or in
conversations. They are actually being
themselves and enjoying the moment
for the sole purpose of enjoying it.
Slow down, don’t join every club,
and learn how to say no. Sit down
with a novel, turn off your cell phone,
and pay attention to the life around
Rather than praising busy
lifestyles, start praising the balance
between a heavy workload and
relaxation. It will result in a much
happier life. Life isn’t about always
being busy; sometimes it is about