Busy is Still Bad!
I know I’m guilty of it.
I bet you are too!
When people ask you how you’re doing, your immediate response, said with pride, is “I’m busy, so very busy.”
We’ve conditioned ourselves to not only say this, but to actually be this, and be OK with it.
It is time to STOP!
Busy is bad!
I’ve written and spoken on this topic several times before, but it is so important, that I want to do it again.
Believe me, my friends, busy is STILL Bad!
We can spend a lifetime being busy. It can go by in a blink. Is that what you want for your life?
I’ve been studying this concept of living life in “busy mode.” I’m convinced, through watching and learning from other people, as well as monitoring my own actions and results, that busy can be the enemy of most things worthwhile.
I decided to make a big change. Not only did I decide to work harder on the important and not-urgent things in my life, but also to change my vocabulary.
Now, as many of you know, when someone asks me how I’m doing, my response is “I’m fantastic — working on some really cool projects.” This response gives me power, is a reminder that I really should be working on the important (not busy) stuff, and I feel more positive and alive when I say this.
I dare you to try the same response. Maybe if enough of us do it, we can start a movement. Wouldn’t that be so cool?
While we’re talking about the subject of busy-ness, let me recap some of my thoughts on this.
There really is no prize for being busy. Busy is often times unproductive. Going about your day in a state of rushed and hurried busy-ness is exhausting and it lacks meaning. If you rush from one appointment to the next, cell phone in hand, feeling stressed and frazzled, are you really accomplishing anything?
I don’t want to spend a lifetime being busy. I want my life to be about important things. I want a life full of joy, positivity, significance, meaning, and overcoming obstacles. This is how I grow and make the biggest contribution. I don’t want to just be BUSY.
In my line of work, here are some of the really important things that I could be focusing on, instead of responding to every possible distraction in the world of busy-ness.
- Creating a new blog post
- Writing a new book
- Coaching a client
- Creating and improving upon a coaching skill
- Listening to a potential new client
- Reading a great book
- Brainstorming and creating new ideas for growth
- Journaling ideas
- Planning my business
- Planning my life
If I were coaching you, which maybe I am in a way right now, I’d suggest that you make your own list of “non-busy” things that you could focus your days on. I bet you’ll find some new ‘ah-ha” moments and energy to get about some really important stuff in your life.
And while you’re at it, take a shot at changing your vocabulary.
The next time someone asks how you’re doing, you should respond, even if you don’t feel like it, with “I’m FANTASTIC — working on some really cool projects.”
If you do, I predict you’ll like the way you feel.
If you have any thoughts or advice on how we can all avoid the pit of relentless busy-ness, please shoot back a message and I’ll compile and share the ideas with our followers.
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Cheers to a life of meaning and really cool projects!
Coach Brett Blair
Originally published at www.coachbrettblair.com on August 29, 2016.