In today’s world, we are becoming increasingly more familiar with the phrase I’m so busy… and for some of us, we keep those words close to us like a badge of honor. Between the rat race of the working world, and the pressure that we put on ourselves to do #AllTheThings each and every day, it comes as no surprise that our constant busyness has become mistaken for the word productivity…
The busier we keep ourselves, the more productive we think we are… But today I’m here to tell you once and for all that that’s just not true!
This week on Episode 095 of Productivity Paradox, I’m talking about putting an end to our constant busyness so that we can stop trying to do #AllTheThings and can instead learn to focus on what truly matters in terms of our productivity. And so here, I wanted to really dive into the topic of busyness and to discuss some of the reasons why it’s so important that we put an end to doing #AllTheThings every day.
Let’s get started!
Think about the last time that you felt too busy to take a breath… Your mood probably wasn’t all that wonderful, right?
When we are at our busiest, we also tend to feel the most overwhelmed… which amounts to little more than a build-up of stress inside of our bodies and our minds. And contrary to popular belief, this actually works against us in terms of how much we are able to get done each day.
To turn feelings of stress and overwhelm on its head… Here’s a tip: Stop busying yourself all of the time!
When we rein in the feeling that we all experience—that we need to keep ourselves busy from sun up to sun down, we can instead open ourselves up to spending our time with intention… And when our time is spent in a meaningful way, we’re likely to feel our best!
Have you ever had one of those days where you start your morning with a few things that you want to accomplish, but somewhere along the way, you end up with more on your task list… And when the day comes to an end, you realize that you actually didn’t truly accomplish what you set out to do in the first place?
I can remember a time when this was an issue for me, too. It’s pretty frustrating, isn’t it?
When we put an end to our constant busyness, a wonderful thing often takes place… We then gain the power to focus on what truly matters most! By giving ourselves the grace to say “No” to certain requests or extra (non-important) tasks each day, we are instead clearing a path for ourselves to take center stage in our life and to focus on our goals and priorities… which has huge implications of how happy and productive we are to boot.
When we are so busy all of the time and can’t seem to keep up, the lines begin to blur between our work, home life and our personal time. For those of us that truly struggle with constant busyness, this may also mean that we’re bringing our work into parts of our home life where we shouldn’t… like during mealtimes, kids’ bedtimes, or even when we’re with our significant other, family and friends.
If this sounds like you, then you might need to take a step back and assess your pace! Busyness blurs boundaries… Our awareness of the damage that our busyness can do ultimately lifts the fog that busyness creates.
With that, I want to encourage you to assess how your busyness has creeped in to other parts of your life that matter most to you. If you find yourself constantly checking your email or work phone even after hours, stop. If your day-to-day tasks are hindering the time you would normally spend with your kids, your friends, or your family, then I encourage you to take a moment of pause and to remind yourself of your priorities… Make room for those instead of blind busyness and see what happens!
When we are constantly on the go, it’s becomes more and more difficult to feel like we are in control of everything that’s happening around us… And that feeling of a loss of control? It wreaks havoc on how happy we feel, and how productive we are able to be as a result.
To nip the negative side effects of constant busyness in the bud, it’s important to remind yourself of your North Star—your life’s purpose. When we align ourselves with our purpose, we are apt to be more mindful of our time and how we’re spending it each day.
If constant busyness brings us feelings of overwhelm and an abundance of stress, then it probably comes as no surprise that we experience opposite, more positive effects when that busyness is kept at bay, right? It’s true.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but your body is where you live. Without your body and without your health, there’s next to nothing else… So, it’s important that we take care of ourselves mentally and physically in order to see our goals through to fruition.
Learn to pause, breathe, prioritize and put yourself and your goals first. There is power in putting an end to constant busyness – zero in on that power and don’t allow yourself to be so distracted by trying to do #AllTheThings so that you lose your happiness, purpose and the vision of the life you wish to lead.
Need some more help on combating those feelings of constant busyness? Head on over to Episode 095 of the podcast this week… And if you’re someone who has recently put an end to chronic busyness, I want to hear about it! Share some of the things that helped you stop doing #allthethings in the comments below!