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Stay active. Always be doing something. Engage your mind and body in something every moment Throw yourself into the task, no matter how small.

Try to make the activity optimally useful, working more on things that create more value. However do not worry if all you have to do at the moment is little things, because those little things probably still need doing.

Remember when you complete an activity to feel good. You can also feel good whilst working, reminding yourself of how what you are doing will be appreciated or that it will just be good to get it done.

Make a list of things to do. Keep also a list of things that need doing but which are not urgent, so you can do bits of these when you have spare time.


Inactivity can easily be a source of boredom and unhappiness. When you are not doing something, you have time to think about all the worries of your life. But when you are active, you can leave these behind, knowing that you doing something useful and that your life is worth something.

Keeping busy is a very common ploy that people use to pass the time and to give their life a sense of meaning. There can easily be an equating of action with creation of value, although of course this is not necessarily so.

There are a lot of other methods that can be used to create happiness and maybe these will make you happier than keeping busy, though activity is easy and often still creates obvious and basic value.

Busy-ness is at its most vulnerable when it adds no value other than occupying your mind and keeping you from negative thoughts. You can even be busy and sad, making it a greater sham. If this is the case, seek other ways to be happy.

Busy-ness can also come from a sense of guilt in inactivity, perhaps deriving from childhood admonitions about laziness and the sense that we should always try hard and please others.

See also

Achievable Challenge, Kahler's Drivers


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