Maybe you’re a type-A overachiever. Or maybe you inevitably end up with a to-do list that won’t end. These days, just about all of us accept our busyness with combination of pride and exhaustion.

For ambitious, go-getter ladies, it’s easy to let being busy fuel us, convincing ourselves that it’s part of our success. But we’re finally hearing from more successful women who are resisting the constant cycle of busy and forging another way.

Entrepreneur Lara Casey describes getting caught up in “the kind of busy that edges out intentional living” before realizing her busiest, hardest-working, least-restful years were not her most purposeful, or even her most productive. A recovering perfectionist, she writes about what it meant to rethink her sense of control and her time in her book Making It Happen, excerpted below.

Later this month, Her.meneutics will also review Brigid Schulte’s Overwhelmed, about the social factors that have pushed out our leisure time, and Jessica Turner’s Fringe Hours, about moms making time for themselves, so if this message speaks to you, stay tuned.

- Kate Shellnutt, Her.meneutics editor

Mathematically speaking, it seems logical that working more hours means more productivity. So working 14-hour days to get ahead and never taking a weekend off so you can make it happen would mean you would be making more money too. The equation would be: More Time Spent Working + Some More Work = More Productivity, More Money, and, therefore, More Happiness. Right?

It’s easy to get this whole “work hard” thing all twisted, though. Our motives easily morph into wanting more instead of wanting our Maker, taking things to an extreme that God did not intend. ...

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