Unbusy Yourself

Published: January 28, 2014
By: Faye Hollands

Life’s busy and it can often to feel as though there’s too much to pack into any one day, but busyness is generally a self-initiated cop-out and that can cause havoc on your career and life if you let it.   So if  you’re running around like a headless chicken at the moment stop for a second, read this post, and learn how to quit being so damn busy…

It’s Not Clever

1.  Stop Fooling Yourself

I love the sense of satisfaction I get when I draw a line through something on my to-do list , but that feeling of achievement can be a double edged sword.  From the time management coaching I do I know that many people get a real buzz from adding a menial task to their to-do list just so that they can cross it off and kid themselves they’re being productive.   Unfortunately though, by focusing on the wrong tasks that give you that quick buzz, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of constantly feeling busy despite not actually working on anything that’s significant in your job or business.

So take a look at your to-do list right now.  How many items on there are things you simply want to remember rather than tasks which directly contribute to your key goals and objectives?  If the balance is out of whack read this article about mission critical tasks and train your brain to start focusing on key priorities instead of easy distractions.  Busyness does not automatically mean you’re spending your time wisely!

2.  Know Your Boundaries

Constantly being on the go is unsustainable.  Sure, it can be fun for a while to have the adrenaline pumping and feel that sense of excitement that can come with urgency.  But if you’re always busy and have no down-time it highly likely you’ll crash and burn at some point.  It’s therefore important to know what your boundaries are and schedule your day around them so that an incessant need for busyness doesn’t creep into more and more of your day.

Working longer hours should be kept for the odd occasion rather than an everyday occurrence, and by planning your day around the hours you want work you will increase your level of focus and productivity during that time, rather than getting sidetracked by tasks that simply make you feel busy and extend your day.

3.   Be Smart

Busyness doesn’t equal success, and in fact it can have quite the opposite effect on your career.  Making space to think creatively can really help to accelerate the results you achieve in your professional life, but that requires a change in thinking.  Be smart and quit filling every minute of your day in a quest to make yourself feel wanted, needed and important.  Having time that’s calm and free from stress is something all of us can benefit from, and will help you generate more ideas, improve your focus, and transform your productivity – which can ultimately increase your value in the workplace no end!

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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