Two inches past busy.

That is how much writing and editing I like to have and how busy I like to be.

That means my plate is stacked high, but nothing is falling off the edge. I can still carry it. A few years ago, I heard Bill Hybels speak about workload at a Willow Creek conference.

This prolific author, pastor and speaker shared that many people are most productive when they have just a little bit too much on their plates. It was a relief to have the state, which I’ve come to call two inches past busy, identified so clearly. Too little to do and it’s easier to put it off and slip into procrastination. Too much, it’s too hard to sleep at night. Two inches past busy is just right. I wonder if that’s how most productive people operate?