Is it a meeting? An email? Is it getting your full attention? Are you doing it because you have 4 minutes before your Lyft gets here? Are you responding with your opinion, or did you do the legwork?
Are you squeezing in a vacation? A hike? A walk around the block? Does it feel like you shouldn’t be doing it? Do you feel guilty for enjoying it? Do you feel better because you squeezed in an email in the meantime?
Is it a family dinner? A date? Drinks with a friend? Are you squeezing in time with someone you care about? A FaceTime with mom?
We are constantly pulled in different directions, with activities in our lives bleeding into each other at every moment if we let them. There’s always an opportunity to put something down, set it aside, or resign ourselves to the fact that it is literally not possible to show up like we want if we take on this additional thing.
Squeezing it in is a signal that our plate is already full, and that maybe, we should squeeze it out instead.