I don’t know about you but I feel like more and more people like to talk about how busy they are. Sometimes, I get into a meeting at work and someone asks me “Luc, how are you doing?” and my typical answer is “Actually I’ve been so busy the past few weeks.” Does that sound familiar? The truth is that I’ve noticed personally just how busy I am managing commitments at work and home.
The pandemic only amplified this trying to juggle those commitments and now that I find myself over a year into the pandemic I recently started to question my “busyness” after realizing that my stress and anixety levels were very high (which is out of the normal for me).
Very few of us stop to recognize just how much of being busy is self-imposed. Its that internal pep talk we give ourselves when we look in the mirror every morning. It’s in the way we try to please everyone while realizing we are NOT pleasing ourselves and are constantly operating out of a deficit with who we truly are. The reasons for doing this vary but the end result of feeling and being busy is not.
Is there something wrong if we are not busy?
Because everyone else is running around trying to out do everyone else people are in a state of unrest. What if we structured rest or breaks into our days? What would the benefits be? Greater focus? Lower blood pressure? Cutting down on mindless busy work that only serves to increase the anixety and stress we feel?
Recently, I started to structure breaks into my work day where I disconnect from my computer for small periods of time (15 to 30 minutes here and there). I’ve noticed its helped improve my focus and my intentionality with the work I take on.
Outside of that, I also look for ways to ruthlessly prioritize my working hours into what kinds of things can I take action on, what isn’t neccesary and questioning new tasks and projects I take on by pausing to review, assess and see if its something I should engage in and how I should engage. Its that intentional mindset that is making the difference in my daily work life. I’ve even learned to say “no” to tasks and items that are not apart of my working life and being selective about engaging if I really want to get involved.
When you choose to be unbusy you will start to notice that you have time for the things that align to who you really are or want to become as a person. Busyness is not a status symbol worth the price of achievement if it don’t give you the things that mean the most to you. You will always find yourself working out of a deficit with yourself.