Do you know someone who is always telling you how busy they are?
They have too much to do. They have too many meetings.
Maybe they are really busy. Maybe they are working longer hours than others.
But, does all this busyness translate to productivity?
Or it is a smoke screen, covering up disorganization or inadequate performance?
I’m So Busy!
When did bragging about being too busy become a badge of honor?
I have too much to do.
I don’t have enough time.
I’m so busy.
These are common refrains from those who are working long hours and are usually running from one thing to the next.
However, are these statements the results of hard work, or rather the symptoms of disorganization?
“If you are working 80 hours a week are you really managing your time?
Or are you just ineffective at what you do?”
I challenge those that are working long extended hours to take a hard look at what they are truly accomplishing.
Often, these people are merely “spinning their wheels.”
They are guilty of self-inflicted time management.
They bring much of their strife upon themselves, and have more life friction than others.
Maybe You Are Too Busy
Hmm, maybe you are too busy.
What you need to ask is, “Why you are so busy?”
Here are some of the main reasons that many people are too busy:
- Inadequate Planning – Many don’t plan. Instead, they brute force their way through their daily activities. This inevitably results in worker harder rather than smarter.
- Don’t Know Their Load – Others don’t realize just how many commitments they are carrying. Do you know all of your obligations? I recommend making an obligation list.
- Doing Things They Shouldn’t Be Doing – Are you wasting time on things you shouldn’t be doing in the first place? (Hint: here are “10 Things to Stop Doing Now… to Get More Done.”)
- Not Delegating – Some try to do everything themselves. Or worse, are doing other people’s jobs, in addition to their own. Do you trust teammates to get things done?
- Stuck on their Tech Leash – Some let their technology run them instead of the other way around. Don’t let your technology leash run your life.
- Self Created Problems – Many people are guilty of creating their own life problems. Self-induced crises and tasks left undone create more work.
- Complaining – Complaining is really just procrastination in disguise. Complaining doesn’t get work done, it just wastes time. Do you spend more time complaining about the job rather than doing it?
How Busy Are You Really?
The next time that you (or someone else) says that they are too busy… ask, “Why?”
Often, it is not about not having enough time, but how we are using it.
We all have the same amount of time.
Let’s just be smarter about how we spend it.
Do you know someone who brags about being too busy?