December 17, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

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.

Stress Graphic

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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