This is a nice reassuring article for those of us who are always busy.
I often complain about being too busy. The irony? As has been pointed out, most of my commitments are self-imposed. Work deadlines are what I suggested and agreed to. Special projects to go that extra mile are of my own creation. As if that didn’t fill up my time, offers to assist others are frequently accepted, and of course I will do all that I promised. These habits aren’t restricted to my work life and at home I am consistently over-ambitious, needing to push hard to put my repairs back together so as not to leave my tools inconveniently around awaiting my return. It’s as if I’m addicted to stretching myself too thin.
I have tried at times to slow down, following the advice of caring others to give myself more slack time for a less stressful, more balanced life. However, the results have always been different than expected. When given more time for thought in preparation, I became less decisive and more doubtful of my conclusions. When allowing more time to complete the task, I would often find myself muddling around and still needing to have a major push to finish things up. Having more time did not equate to being more productive or doing a better job; rather it served as just a delay in (hopefully) doing as well as I would have otherwise done.
Apparently, my performance is stronger when under the pressure and needing to make faster decisions. The more I operate under this pressure, the easier it becomes. This does make some sense; just as regular physical exercise keeps your body in tune, you would think that regular mental exercise would keep your mind similarly in shape. I like thinking that this bodes well for my future cognitive ability seeing I expect to always be busy.