It’s very easy to add to our existing “to-do” lists. In fact, it’s FAR easier to add to our to do lists than it is to tick things off it!
However, have you ever stopped and wondered how important or vital the things on your to do lists are? Are they 100% necessary? Or are you being “busy” for the sake of it…?
There are two conditions here I want to talk about.
One is the idea of being busy for the sake of it or filling your time with unproductive tasks when there’s “not much going on” at the time. The other is about organisation and how people can be busy merely due to a lack of organisational skills.
Let’s talk about the idea of being busy for the sake it of it first…
How often do you wonder when the time will finally come that you can have a “break”? Even if it’s just 15-30 minutes to yourself to chill out and regroup. Does it feel like you ever get this time? If not, why?
Do you somehow always manage to fill every minute of your day with tasks and chores?
It’s time to look at your day-to-day activities objectively to see whether you’re adding in tasks that aren’t really needed just to keep yourself busy.
The time you spend fulfilling unnecessary tasks in the day is the time you should be spending either relaxing or doing something you love. As I’ve said before, we can always find more time in the day to do the things we really want to, we just have to examine our lifestyle and remove anything that’s unnecessary or unproductive, i.e. TV, social media and so on…
Pay close attention to your habits and lifestyle. If you spot tasks that aren’t serving you in any way, remove them and replace them with something productive!
Now let’s take a look at the second condition I mentioned, organisational skills…
I understand that when some people hear the words “organisation” or “planning” they run a mile. For some reason these areas are seen to be some of the most boring on the planet, UNTIL you dive into them.
It can actually be really fun and satisfying to reorder your lifestyle. To move things about and play with the way you go about your day-to-day activities.
However, I want to hammer a point home about organisation:
If you don’t organise your own life, someone else will organise it for you, and you can bet your ass their plans don’t serve your wants, dreams, and aspirations…
I also once read in a Tim Ferris book that being busy just shows a lack of organisational skills. This is completely true, as if you plan ahead and delegate where necessary, you should have the time in the day to enjoy life and do the things you really want to.
Is there anything in your life you can delegate to others? Could you rearrange tasks to make them flow better, freeing up more of your time?
Grab a pen and some paper and answer these questions as best you can. Be 100% honest with yourself, as the answers to these questions could be the ticket to more time, more fun, and more happiness in your life.
Wrapping things up…
Overall, suffering from “busy person” syndrome is completely unnecessary, but it’s scary how many people are living this way without even realising it!
Examine your own lifestyle and habits to see if you’re putting unnecessary stress, strain, and pressure onto your shoulders. Next replace, delegate, or remove anything that seems unproductive or useless to you.
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