How to Break the Cycle of Unnecessary Busyness. #escapenormal #timemanagement #priorities

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

 

Wassuper, it’s yo girl, Kesha and I believe we should Be the Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios because life is more interesting when you dare to be different and challenge what’s “normal!” I am wildly passionate about helping highly driven women pursue fantabulous relationships, juicytastic careers/bizzes, and authentically inspired lives. Let’s rethink, redo, and reinvent YOU so you can live life YOUR way!
6 Ways to Break the Cycle of Unnecessary Busyness
  • Corina Ramos

    Hi Chica!

    OMG, my mind is always going about the many things I have to do and the little time to do it in. It’s non-stop from the moment I wake up to when I put my head on the pillow. And you’re right, it does lead to burn out and I am about ready for a vacation….but I don’t have time for one (there I go again 🙂 )

    I certainly need to do these things to break the cycle. I am always multitasking. Just yesterday I was chatting with a help rep and my VA at the same time. And I do try to do everything myself. I’ve been doing these things for a long time so getting out of that habit is tough.

    I have been taking more time offline, especially on the weekends to enjoy the family and just having some peace and quiet, although the quiet doesn’t happen all the time :).

    Thank you for this reminder. I’ve been running on all cylinders lately and my body has been telling me to take it easy but I’ve ignored me :).

    Hope you’re having a great week hun! Already passed this along!

    Take care!

    Cori

    • Ha, I can see you with one phone in one hand and one in the other talking to two people! LOL

      I’m so glad you’ve been taking time offline more often. Yourself will definitely thank yourself. Ha! 😀

      Ummm, ma’am, and yes, I’m gonna need you to listen to your body!!!

  • Thank you for writing this! I’m busy busy busy busy and I’ve helped a little with that by hiring a VA, but I still find the balance between working at home, being the house keeper and entertaining the kids to be daunting daily. But I now know I need to re-prioritize some things. I can’t wait til my oldest goes back to school because it means I can get back to the gym again. 😉 As sad as that sounds.

    • Yessss, Heather, having a VA definitely helps! The summer puts me off schedule too with the kids being home but that means they get to do more of the housework. LOL How old are your kiddos?

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