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The cult of busy
by noteworthy at 6:56 am EDT, Mar 15, 2010

Scott Berkun:

When I was younger I thought busy people were more important than everyone else. Otherwise why would they be so busy?

The busy must matter more, and the lazy mattered less.

This is the cult of busy.

Caterina Fake:

So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.

Much more important than working hard is knowing how to find the right thing to work on.

Richard Hamming:

If you do not work on an important problem, it's unlikely you'll do important work.

Netflix Culture:

It's about effectiveness -- not effort.

John Tierney:

When people were asked to anticipate how much extra money and time they would have in the future, they realistically assumed that money would be tight, but they expected free time to magically materialize.

Gordon Crovitz:

Getting our heads around information abundance will mean becoming more discerning about what information is worth our time and what kinds of tasks require real focus.


It's the ability to pause, to reflect, and relax, to let the mind wander, that's perhaps the true sign of time mastery, for when the mind returns it's often sharper and more efficient, but most important perhaps, happier than it was before.

Louis CK:

Maybe we need some time ... because everything is amazing right now, and nobody's happy ...

Samantha Power:

The French film director Jean Renoir once said, "The foundation of all great civilizations is loitering." But we have all stopped loitering. I don't mean we aren't lazy at times. I mean that no moment goes unoccupied.

Carolyn Johnson:

We are most human when we feel dull. Lolling around in a state of restlessness is one of life's greatest luxuries.

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