By tom — an unstrained eye

Stop being busy

by doing nothing

Lets say I want to read a book of more than 1000 pages. Everybody is going nuts about it. I make a mental note that I have to read this book but the problem is that I can’t. Why? Because I am too busy.

Really? What am I so busy doing?

When I look, I find myself sitting in my room. Just sitting. Doing nothing.

I realize that what I have done over time is that I have made many such mental notes which are piling up in my head, everyday. Whenever I make a new one, I see that I have so much work already. How can I take up something new?

This is just like making your grocery list everyday but then deciding not to go to the store because well, I don’t know.

This is the case with many who assume that they are the busiest people in the world. So busy, that whenever someone asks them for help, pat comes the answer, “I can’t, I’m busy”. Even if they agree to help, they won’t be completely available. They would be too busy shuffling their list.

Sometimes we never start because we find the task to be so intimidating that we fail at it already without even trying. Lets say, you want to learn a new programming language or want to take up your differential equations assignment. These tasks can be intimidating. A lot of things can be intimidating. But then, what isn’t?

You will stumble, you will fall but eventually you will figure it out. Only if you start.

The best people I’ve come across in my life never use the word busy. They are always available to others. But, they are always doing something. What is it that they are doing, then? They are working on their list. They know that they are moving forward every second and it won’t matter if they take some time out to help somebody.

In order to get somewhere, you need to start walking. Start turning the first few pages of that 1000 pages book without worrying about reaching the 1000th. Go to that grocery store sometimes and pick up something on the list.

Start working on the list.

Stop being busy.

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