Healthy Busyness

  This past week has been one of my busiest in recent memory.  I've been line to line in meetings and working on deadline, driving across town, eating fast food, quickly skimming email on my phone.


Which has got me thinking about "busyness" and whether it's healthy.


I think it can be. Healthy busyness, I think, must meet three criteria:


#1 Planned

Healthy busyness is planned ahead of time. It doesn't come up on you without permission. You see in coming, and can prepare.


#2 - Periodic

Healthy busyness is periodic. It is a season, not a state of being. Healthy busyness has an end in sight, it doesn't fade out to the vanishing point.


#3 - Penned

Healthy busyness is penned into "work time".  A healthy season of busyness expands "work time" while leaving room for basic functions like food preparation, sleep, housekeeping, and socializing.


I met 2 of 3 this week. This season was planned and is periodic. I did not, though leave time for basic functions. This week left me slightly sleep deprived with a sink full of dishes, a pile of laundry, and a handful of fast food receipts.


So, lesson learned.


I scheduled time today for grocery shopping, laundry, and email checking.  I made a schedule for next week and I think I might hit all three criteria this time.


What do you think? Is there such thing as healthy busyness? How do you manage your own seasons of busyness?