Do you feel like you are just a little too busy to (blank)?
If you do, you are not alone. The world’s pace has sped up, and ‘busy-ness’ is a common dilemma for most folks these days.
I like to think, if you are too busy to carry out what’s meaningful to you, it’s just a self-leadership signal that you have ‘avoided something‘.
It could be that you’ve just procrastinated about making a decision. After all, the number of decisions we need to make in a day has exponentially grown since back in Grandma’s day.
Nowadays, you are asked to make hundreds and hundreds of decisions each day, so it is a natural thing for your subconscious to want to take a break and delay some decision-making in these days of so many choices. Read some decision-making tips.
Here is the thing, though. Delay in itself can be costly, and a delayed decision can be especially expensive. It’s important to be conscious that you HAVE delayed your decision-making process or that you have let something meaningful slide because you’ve been caught up in ‘busy-ness’.
For example, are you effectively setting limits on what you will work on and will not focus on during your day? Or are you focusing your list on guiding your day? If you are working from a huge list of to-dos, chances are, you are feeling busy.
The problem is – when your list is bigger than your capacity to carry things out, you can’t help to be scattered. Your energy is being pulled in too many directions and away from your ability to be more productive.
Want some immediate relief? Try limiting what you will work on today – on only the most ‘urgent’ and important things, and aim to accomplish 3 or 4 of those. I bet if you made traction on those 3 or 4 things – you’ll feel pretty fulfilled and more productive.
One of the dangers of having too much to do and not enough time to do it in – is that it is possible to waste precious time listening to your inner critic talking to you about just how much there is to do. It’s thoughts about “How will I ever accomplish all of this”.
By limiting your list, you also limit a fair amount of the internal self-talk, and THAT makes you more productive. It’s possible to enjoy your day again and never be too busy to (blank) when you start to love setting limits and make even MORE efficient decisions.