It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? ~Henry David Thoreau
Day after day, night after night…do you constantly find yourself like this?
- Having so much going on and seem to be ever so busy but you don’t feel like you’re accomplishing much of anything.
- You don’t seem to be able to make time for yourself – EVER.
- Your plate is so darn FULL but stuff just keeps piling on.
- You can’t find much time for yourself and it sucks.
- You’re stressed out from being busy, busy, busy.
- You’re just soooo BUSY all the time!
Does any of the above sound like you?
More and more, so many of us seem to be in this constant spiral of busyness with a few very short, if any at all, breaks in between.
Our lives have become so rushed and short on time that it’s no wonder there are so many stressed out people walking around these days!
The only thing this does for us is cause us to be in an emotionally reactive state and tired all the freakin’ time. Who wants that? Boooooo!
Break the Cycle of Unnecessary Busyness
So how do you get out of this rut? How do you break the cycle of unnecessary and excessive busyness?
Welp, here are 6 strategies for managing your time and stop being so busy.
- Re-prioritize. Think about your life’s purpose and devote your time to the activities that matter to you. Ever so often, rethink what you’re doing and determine if it’s still an advantageous use of your energy. Use your time wisely!
- Create systems. Trust me, when you create systems for things you do often, you’ll feel soooo much better because the work you’re doing won’t use a lot of planning energy. The process (or workflow) is already created. You just have to use it. So establish a systematic approach to your tasks.
- Don’t do everything yourself. You can accomplish much more when you enlist others to help and work as a team. Do what you do best and outsource, eliminate, or delegate everything else.
- Step back. Don’t be a slave to your obligations! Too often we run ourselves ragged because we are attempting to fulfill every single obligation and expectation others have of us. It won’t work. You gotta take a step back and learn the difference between what’s important and top priority and balancing what you do for yourself with that which you do for others.
- Don’t multitask. Believe it or not, when you THINK you’re multitasking, what you’re actually doing is wasting time. I’ve already dispelled the concept of multitasking so go ahead and check it out at your leisure.
- Perform fasts. No, I’m not talking about a food fast. I’m talking about a digital/tech fast, negative thought fast, and information fast. With so much stimuli happening around us 24/7, we don’t have time to breathe, sit still, and think. Get rid of the laptops, phones, tablets, news, etc. so you can have a moment to take a deep breath, think positive, happy thoughts, and find your center again.
Talk to me…
Being busy for the sake of being busy makes us counterproductive, burnt out and ultimately overwhelmed. Give yourself permission to STOP being busy all the time and do better with your time and energy management.
What are your thoughts? Have you found yourself so freakin’ busy that you can’t seem to get out of the loop? Try the strategies above and let me know how it works out for ya!