Why being busy is overrated
For many, being busy is a badge of honor. It may even feel dangerous not to be fully occupied because people might conclude that your services aren't in demand. And, there's an adrenalin rush of feeling like you're in the thick of the action.
The problem with being busy
At the start, it feels important and even satisfying to be that busy leader. The more you take on, the more you achieve and the more you are rewarded. But longer term, being that busy leader will ultimately hurt your career and relationships (and probably your health too).
When your calendar is packed with back-to-back meetings, there’s no time to think strategically. Having a to-do list that keeps expanding makes it hard to prioritize what matters most, including taking care of yourself and building key relationships at work and at home. And leaving it too long leads to people giving up trying to talk to you because you’ve made it clear through your actions that you’re too busy doing more important things. When the channels of communications close off, that’s where the real trouble begins. You’ll miss out on opportunities to tap into your team’s creativity, coach them to better performance, address issues before they become big problems, and advance important-but-not-urgent projects that set your group up for next level success.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. How to stop being busy
It starts with realizing that it’s not always good to be busy. Only if it’s the kind of busy that serves your bigger mission and purpose, and not the “busy work” that simply keeps you looking like you’re gainfully occupied. Then figuring out what’s causing your busy-ness so you can do something about it. Once you understand the cause and benefits of your being so busy, the range of possible solutions will become clearer. You may even find that making one or two small changes are all that’s needed to set you on course for letting go of the “busy work” and living the life you want.
What will you do?
Whether you decide to delegate more, say “no” to non-essential meetings, let go of perfection as your standard, or something completely different, it’s in your interest to take action to address your “busy-ness”. Wherever you stand in your career, know that busy-ness is overrated. The upside is open to debate and the downside is the potential to damage your career, your relationships and your health.
It’s time to give yourself permission to create some flexibility in your schedule so you can stop being so busy and start focusing on what matters most.
How could you create some flexibility in your schedule so you can stop being so busy and start living the life you truly want?
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