Loads on our plate, too much to do and on it goes. Each day is the same and sometimes it’s as if it gets worse instead of better. What to do? Often we keep doing the same thing, expecting a different result, some call this, ‘Insanity’.
“Take life day by day and be grateful for the little things. Let go of what you cannot control.”
What makes us want to take on more, to be busier, to state openly, ‘I’m so busy’? Busy being busy makes us how productive? If we sit back and analyse what we have more of because we are or have been busy and are happy with the result, this is okay. However, if we don’t have anything to show for it or have something different because of it, is this good? What to do? This becomes a constant question.
Can anything be done to break away from ‘being busy’, having ‘no time’, being short of time, having too much to do, wanting more to do etc? Yes, because anything is possible and it depends on how much it’s affecting us. Today, we hear more about stress than we have before, it’s an epidemic which is impacting on society hugely. Stress causes our body to be at dis-ease, disrupts relationships, increases or decreases body weight and much more. We choose to take on so many things and good old stress is one of these things which is a byproduct. A majority of the time we can move away from it, however there are times where we need to implement a plan to eliminate or lessen both the workload and the stress.
Cause = Effect, what we are choosing to do is directly causing the effect we have.
How to decrease busyness and its byproduct ‘stress’.
- Stop – Breath and ask ourselves, ‘What do I want?’
- Write a list of everything we do, give a scale of importance from 1-10 (1 low/10 high).
- Prioritise everything on the list into 4 categories;
- Important & Urgent – this is where we do fire fighting, things in crises, preventing problems and deadline driven projects. Things here are time sensitive (we’ve left to the last minute) and they serve our higher purpose and have to be done now, now, now.
- Important & Not Urgent – this is about quality time; Building relationships for better results, personal development. Prevention, stretching our thinking with regards to what could happen and implementing strategies to stop issues. Developing our capabilities and improving ourselves. Planning and recreation – this is a productive area to be in. Sharpening ourselves to be our best.
- Urgent & Not Important – these are distraction type of things. ie. Interruptions like some callers and conversations we have. Some mail, reports, meetings etc which we get dragged into or voluntarily do with no reward. Often we can delegate these tasks, give ourselves permission to focus on ‘our strengths’ and let go of the smaller tasks. All these smaller tasks jump out at us and appear urgent, however they are not.
- Not Important & Not Urgent – this is the time wasting area where we are spending time on trivia, TV, Facebook, surfing the internet, etc. We would be best advised to eliminate these.
- Let go of some tasks/stuff, write up a list of things we can simply let go of, (this is freeing). Or, cross off the previously prepared list of all we do.
- Work with a Coach to support the process, Accountability and support is key to increasing self-worth and gaining more productivity.
- Write 3 goals to achieve by the end of the year and work simple action steps to implement.
- Find tools to support us with making a change, Brian Tracy’s book Eat That Frog is highly recommended. Eat That Frog 1.26min video is fantastic.
- Visualise how our life would be without so much busyness in it – do this every morning and night,
- Consider what it would be like to have ‘free time’ – what would we do with it and how would it feel to be less consumed by it all?
- Make a list of things we would love to do which we’ve been unable to do due to ‘lack of time’.
- Develop an ‘Abundance of Time Mindset’.
Know all change takes a small amount of time, keeping the vision is key and ‘becoming the change we wish to see in our life’, as Mahatma Gandhi quotes, is imperative to the success of how we choose to live our life.
“One thing at a time.”