Over on the New York Times opinion page, a fantastic column by Tim Kreider about “The ‘Busy’ Trap.” A snippet:
If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are . . . . It’s almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they’ve taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they’ve “encouraged” their kids to participate in. They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.
(My favorite line: “Life is too short to be busy.”)