The Busy Paradox

Have you ever noticed how the more time you have, the less things you get done? And the less time you have, the more things you get done?

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Yeah, I know, it sounds bizarre. Think about it for a minute, though. If you’re even remotely like me, you’ve probably experienced this phenomenon in some way. I’m especially discovering how true it is now that I’m a freshman in college.

Take, for example, last weekend. I didn’t have anything on my schedule, so I thought: Wow, this is great! I’ll have all that time to get a head start on some assignments!

But did my brilliant plan work out? Nope. Not at all. I did get some work done, but not nearly as much as I had been hoping. My constant excuse over the weekend was: Oh, I’ve got plenty of time. Just one more break.

*sigh* That always backfires. Yet no matter how many times it does, I still fall into the same trap. Over and over again.

Now for the other side of the spectrum. Again, if you’re anything at all like me, when you’re crunched for time, you can do just about anything. NaNoWriMo is a perfect example of this. You’ve got a deadline, and deadlines are what get things done. You don’t sit around, or keep obsessively checking Facebook. You rush like the wind, your mind completely and utterly focused on whatever it is you need to finish, until you get it done and shout in triumph.

Okay, well, maybe you don’t shout, but still. It’s interesting, isn’t it?

Just a little food for thought. I need to go take care of something else.

See what I did there?

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