Finding Peace in an Empty Calendar

I’ve never enjoyed having a busy calendar. With more than one urgent matter to attend to, I already get anxious. The idea of back-to-back tasks throughout the day gives me jitters.

It sounds like a major character flaw. In our fast-paced world, we should be able to deal with many obligations, shouldn’t we?

Or should we get better at paring down our responsibilities to focus on the rewarding tasks we excel at?

Most of what we do is of little consequence. Each time you accept a new burden, you risk creating a new inefficiency in your life. Meanwhile, you could have optimized a responsibility you already have.

For example, when I began struggling with my main business, I decided to start a new project. Excited by the prospect, I didn’t account for the immense burdens it would place on me.

As I got busier and busier with new projects, my stress levels increased. I had to check my inbox countless times a day and put out little fires constantly. To make matters worse, the monetary compensation wasn’t worth it. The future prospects weren’t promising and my lack of 100% commitment didn’t help, either.

One can argue that this is typical for a new venture. But one can also argue that as we think 80/20, we shouldn’t settle for what’s typical but aim for what’s optimal.

A busy calendar might be typical. But is it optimal? Does it maximize your productivity, fulfillment, and peace of mind? If not, why suffer?

Busyness doesn’t impress anyone but inefficient hard workers.

I’m going back to my empty calendar. The peace of mind—and the renewed high mental performance—is priceless.