After much anticipation, my wife and daughter finally got their new kitten, Stanley. Watching this ball of energy chase its tail reminded me of a recent article in The Harvard Business Review called “Crazy Busy: The New Status Symbol.”
In summary, Americans don’t respect leisure time.
In the old world order, leisure was a status symbol. Today, according to research shared in the article a lack of leisure time causes “one to be held in high regard.” To me, this is backwards. Poor organization, lack of delegation, not being surrounded by a top notch team, and/or not leveraging technology are common causes of a crazy busy life.
Michael Gerber, author of the eMyth, states “work should give life, not take it.” I agree. Every year, we take an extended spring break. When working, I have two standing days a week that I work from home allowing me to enjoy little things like lunch with my wife or talking with my kids while doing a school drop off or pick up.
There are times where I have “crunch time.” But whether for me or those who work with me, if crunch time is all the time, it loses its meaning.