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Celebrating Unbusy-ness

Written by Linda on . Posted in Coaching

Having been in Melbourne now for two months, I am sitting in Market Lane, an individual coffee shop with a passion for providing gorgeous coffee that tastes just wonderful – and it doesn’t give my heart palpitations (which is always a result).  And yet…I am feeling guilty.  Hard to identify exactly why, but I think it’s because (and I know this is not true), it appears that the rest of the world is working today…and I’m not.  I have time on my hands to wander around the city, watch the world go by, shop, have coffee etc.  I have bought some coloured gel pens so that I can write (maybe that will make me feel like I am being more industrious).

All of this makes me realise how we become programmed that it is good to be busy, to be productive with our time, to be able to account for our time with what we have produced, and to feel that we haven’t wasted time.   So…I’m now on my second cappuccino (is that bad?).

I keep reframing it for myself by saying it is good to have time to think, to plan, to just ‘be’…but it is more difficult to do than I thought it would be.

I’m writing this post with a turqoise gel pen (why that makes me feel more productive and creative is beyond me too).

When we are too busy, all we want is some time, and yet when we have lots of time, all we want is to be busy again. It’s a paradox. I say ‘we’, I really mean ‘I’.

So, today I have decided to be gloriously un-busy and to not do guilt, as before I know it, this time in sunny Australia will be a distant memory, I will be back at work doing what I love with maybe a different focus, (I’m considering writing a book, have always fantasised about writing one day, and toying with the idea of becoming qualified in Thai Yoga Massage – you see, I can’t help it) – but for now, today, I’m celebrating un-busyness.

I hope you’re having an un-busy day too, and if you’re not, then when can you plan to have a day with absolutely no agenda at all?

Cheers!

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Comments (10)

  • Jordan

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    Great blog post! keep us updated with your unbusyness! love you xxxx

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    • Linda

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      Thank you Jordy x

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  • Rebecca Sykes

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    I love this – it’s so nice to hear how YOU feel about being un-busy. I struggle with this (as you know) so this Sunday I am trying to take a leaf out of your book…maybe I’ll just go and buy some new pens first, the ultimate guilty pleasure! x

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    • Linda

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      Gel pens in all colours under the sun, your idea of heaven! x

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  • Lesley

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    Wow, look at you! Congrats on your first blog!! May every day be a busy “un-busy” day.x

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  • Mark

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    Linda…..wow! you took me staright back to Boston when my wife and I went to the US for 13 months. The feelings you described when you first arrived in Melbourne was exactly the same as we had when we arrived in the US and it was also about technology, well a phone at least that would enable us to contact the outside world…….your fear of the world of blogging is compared to our fear of the World Wide Web, yes WWW but it was in 1999…!!! I know that feeling (the yay!) you are experiencing, so enjoy…….. P.S. don’t feel guilty about be unbusy, the time will fly… Just enjoy…. Mark

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    • Linda

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      Thanks Mark…

      You are so right, three months gone already!

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  • Trish

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    Well done Linda! How I would love to be where you are right now – but give me one more year and watch this space…. :)
    Meanwhile, early start at work, doing extra hours most days AND working on elections tomorrow – 6.30am – 10.30pm (which will be a fun, sociable day, albeit very long…)
    But it won’t be forever…….Onwards and Upwards as we say xxx

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    • Linda

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      Hi Trish

      Yes, we are very lucky, and as you say, soon you will be doing something similar, lots of love xxx

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  • Gina

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    Love the blog Linda x…loving hearing about how you are dealing with your space and time – it sounds like a great journey … I’m really enjoying filling ‘my own space’ and have got to the “I’m at peace with what is happening.” phase and Life is good! I share Rebecca’s guilty pleasure…and now have a need to buy some new pens this weekend!! xxx

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