In many circles, busyness rates a badge of honor in these modern times. Just about everyone is wittingly or unwittingly in competition to out-busy everyone else. With that kind of peer-pressure, you don’t want to take 20 minutes to let go of tension and:
- Be considered the oddball.
- Get behind in your work.
- Be overlooked for the best assignments.
- Miss out on an impromptu meeting, crucial event, or essential social connection.
So you stay busy instead. It feels impossible to take the time when busyness rules, so why even give it a shot?