May 30, 2017

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

International Week Shines -

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Patent Battle Closed for CRISPR -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump’s New Executive Order Is Not Effective -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Uber Drives Itself Into a Corner -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A New Tale That’s As Old As Time -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“Life” Falls Flat -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life”

As college decisions are coming out, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what makes a worthy college applicant. Students seem to think that, the more you do, the better chance you have at getting into a top school. This mindset leads to an extremely busy schedule, unhealthy amounts of stress, and, in the end, perhaps an unsatisfactory result. This mindset is born from two of some of society’s most limiting beliefs: the idea that business leads to importance and that doing nothing is a waste of time.

Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, and perhaps even before, humans have related doing more with success. Unfortunately, this idea is deeply ingrained into human society, especially in the U.S. Regarding busyness as a value is extremely destructive and, frankly, wrong. Over-booking our schedules forces us to multitask to get everything done, some people even priding themselves in being “good multitaskers.

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The human brain is not a computer. It is physically incapable of successfully multitasking. The human brain is complex and beautiful and has immense potential for innovation, creativity and problem solving, all of which are hindered in attempts at multitasking and excessively busy lives. Multitasking and business causes stress, tension, depression and anxiety, while making it more difficult to learn and ignore irrelevant information and, in the end, actually decreases work efficiency. Someone who finishes tasks one by one is dramatically more efficient than someone who tries to finish multiple at once. Students (and adults) expect too much of themselves, causing their mental and physical health to deteriorate. This busyness is better concept being born in the industrial revolution, it seems as if people have forgotten that humans are, in fact, not machines. Two quotes help to illustrate the nonsense of a busy life: Arianna Huffington’s (co-founder & editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post) “We’ve been operating under a collective delusion that burning out is the necessary price for achieving success” and Socrates’s “Beware the banality of a busy life.”

Often shunned by society as a waste of time, “doing nothing” every once in awhile actually improves our ability to think innovatively. “Strategic slacking,” or daydreaming, helps the brain make new connections which improves our creativity, focus, and innovation. It recharges your brain! Science suggests that we should actually take breaks from intense focused thought every 90 minutes, as, after that, our brain will start to lose focus on its own and our work efficiency will fall.

This information is simply meant to serve as a warning to those who plan to live their lives attempting to be constantly busy, focused and productive. This might not be the best course for happiness or satisfaction; we are not machines, we are human beings. Perhaps we should spend a little more time appreciating that.

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