It’s easier to make the diagnosis as a 3rd party than it is to make that diagnosis for oneself. This leaves the heavy lifting to the user while in a bad place for focused deliberation.
This is a good insight though… This seems to be the parent problem, and every new moment inherits the challenge of the parent problem. “am I really busy, or do I feel busy?” I think this is what makes busyness (and other psychological states with corresponding IRL actions and rewards) so insidious, the threat can reassert itself any moment.
This is a top-level question, and it’s one I’ll have to decide whether I want to address.
This is also a very different direction than other places I asked the question. I usually get very few replies, and I appreciate them all
I follow Maryam, I’m a pretty active spectator in “product twitter”
The idea that ‘being busy’ becomes part of our narrative identity is the big consensus in articles that came out around 2013 on the topic. Mindfulness is the magic word.
I think the state of digital IT is steering in the wrong direction, away from a mindfulness habit, and I’m wondering a bit less about new design patterns in place of the exhaustion of the ‘hook model’ (eg timewellspent) and more about a basic kind of “productized” solution.
thanks ya’ll !