Is it just me, or is everyone so much 'busier' than they used to be? And, since when was busy-ness a competition? 

If you ask your friends or colleagues about their weekend, I guarantee most will give you an answer based on business: "It was a good day, I was really busy", or "OK, but a bit quiet". 

I am a self-confessed introvert. I know, through experience, that to maintain my mental health, I need space and time to myself. More than that, I crave it. As a single parent, I often have whole weekends without my children, and I am not ashamed to admit how much I enjoy the time to reflect, to be me, to be quiet. This is not to say I do not relish the alternate weekends I spend with my children and love every minute of their chaos, but without the balance, I would struggle. 

So, how can you achieve this balance in your working life too? 

The article linked below gives 15 ways to tackle busy-ness. If you are a 'busy' person, you may struggle to be patient enough to sit through the 15 accompanying snippets from Oliver Burkeman's  Radio 4 show. 

But, as Oliver says, you are not as busy as you think you are. 

Sit, back, relax and enjoy the show....