We humans have become multi-tasking productivity machines. We can work from anywhere, to great effect. We can do more, and do it far more quickly, than we ever dreamed possible.
— Christine Carter, Mindful.org

So, why do we always feel starved for time?

According to, “Starved for Time? Here’s a Surprising—and Easy—Solution”, by Christine Carter with Mindful.org, there is an obvious answer.

We have so much more work, and expectations about what we will accomplish on a good day have expanded, but the number of hours in that day have stayed the same…We have gotten really, really bad at just doing nothing.
— Christine Carter, Mindful.org

When you look around, what do you see people doing? Sitting idle, enjoying their surrounds? Looking up at the sky? Sitting in peaceful meditation? Let’s admit it, on most days we are checking our smartphones every 10 seconds, responding to the constant alerts, pings, and emails that are coming through or catching up on the latest news feeds.

So how can we take back our time to become more efficient and focused? One word -- Stillness.

Stillness—or the ability to just sit there and do nothing—is a skill, and as a culture we’re not practicing this skill much these days…We need stillness in order to recharge our batteries. The constant stream of external stimulation causes what neuroscientists call “cognitive overload,” imparing our ability to think creatively, to plan, organize, innovate, solve problems, make decisions, resist temptations, learn new things easily, speak fluently, remember important social information, and control our emotions.
— Christine Carter, Mindful.org

Be present, be still and remember to take care of yourself. Catch up on your stillness!

Source: http://www.mindful.org/starved-for-time-heres-a-surprising-and-easy-solution/. (i) Goleman, Daniel. Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. New York: Harper, 2013. This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.