In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, I became a news junkie, compulsively devouring two or even three news websites on a daily basis. It was an itch I could scratch, and for almost a decade was part of my online routine. 

A daily side of news isn't going to kill you, but it's part of a larger problem, accurately described as The 'Busy' Trap by author Tim Kreider — the  cacophony of emails, messages, obligations, lists and scheduling which threaten to overwhelm us:

"It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this; it’s something we collectively force one another to do."

With these seemingly unavoidable mantras woven into the fabric of modern day life, it's no wonder that people talk of "not having time" to do the things that they want to.  

But that statement is a misdemeanour in itself.  You don't just "have" time — you make time.

Stop doing crap that doesn't matter, and do stuff that does.

What things can you stop doing, and what will you do instead?

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Posted to life in 2012.

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