The bee is praised; the mosquito is swatted. ~Catherine O'Hara
How are you? Busy. Bet you've been busy! So, have you been busy? Somehow, being busy has become a symbol of importance and accomplishment. Let's take a closer look.
People in responsible jobs, whether here or in the business world, often have more to do than what can reasonably be expected to accomplish. There is always one more task to accomplish, one more job to do, one more committee to lead.
Some people respond to the demands by trying to do it all. It is tempting - especially for "A" personality types - to get caught up in the hurry, the pressures and stress of life. Faced with relentless demands, we can push ourselves and those around us to the outer limits or beyond resulting in frustration. This high level of strain often leads to a crash that takes many people on the way down!
It is important to avoid the mistake of believing that getting more done equates to managing time effectively. What gets done and how it gets done is more essential than how much gets done.
How can we break the busy cycle?
- First, recognize the problem. If others are telling you that there is a problem, listen.
- Clearly define your priorities and let those priorities determine how you spend your time and energy. Ask yourself, "How important is this task? What will happen if it is not accomplished?"
- Make a commitment to establishing balance in your life. Who or what is getting the short end of the stick - do you neglect family, friends, your health, your humor? Make time for those areas in your life that often get left out.
- Ask one or more colleagues to help you remain accountable to your commitment.
Ask yourself one last question. Why am I compelled to do more? Answering this question may help you reprioritize. Recent studies suggest that some people use work as an excuse to get away from the demands of home or personal life.
The paradox is to say yes to something or to initiate a new effort even though you or your staff are already overcommitted. We all have the same 24 hours, and we don't have time to do everything. We have to pick and choose what is most important and in doing so, we will not only be more successful and healthier but so will those who work for and with us.