I re-read an essay titled The 'Busy' Trap in the New York Times wherein author Tim Kreider explores the ''so busy'' or the ''crazy busy'' self perception, a boast disguised as a complaint.
But need we really be that busy? The essay suggests that most busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations . The purpose of busyness may be to make us feel reassured, meaningful and save us from loneliness.
We need not be busy all time. With periodic idleness, solitude or lazy time, we can actually be more effective and efficient when time sensitive tasks and work obligations are due. Mindfulness is an effective skill that focuses the mind, eases stress and allows for 'down time.'
Here is a scholarly review article on the health and wellness benefits of mindfulness.