How to not be busy

Step one: identify what seem to be, right now, the most meaningful ways to spend your life.

Step two: schedule time for those things.

There is no step three.

Everything else just has to fit around them – or not. Approach life like this and a lot of unimportant things won’t get done, but, crucially, a lot of important things won’t get done either. Certain friendships will be neglected; certain amazing experiences won’t be had; you won’t eat or exercise as well as you theoretically could.

In an era of extreme busyness, the only conceivable way to live a meaningful life is to not do thousands of meaningful things.

Oliver Burkeman

Found this in my notes from a few years ago. Huge fan of Burkeman’s book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.

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