Do you need a cure for “busyness?”
Have you noticed lately when you ask someone “How are you?” you often get the response, “I’m so busy!”?
The disease of “busyness” has taken over some companies completely.
A standard definition of “busy” is: full of activity.
Activity is great if it is leading your steadily towards your goals and vision.
But, too often, we become active doing things that aren’t directly leading us closer to what we most want. We are “full of activity” but much of it is wasted activity.
Imagine your day is like a plate of food and the time you are allotted to fill has a defined amount of space. You can choose to fill your plate with healthy, life-enhancing foods or you can pile on the junk food instead. Both kinds of food will fill your plate and stomach, but only one kind will contribute to your health and well-being.
As you go about your day, think about each activity that you are doing. Is what you are doing right now really contributing to the health of your business?
If you struggle to make your days fully productive and meaningful, I’d like to suggest a little exercise for you.
Before you open your computer in the morning, take a sheet of paper and write down what you most want to get out of your day. Write the sales you want to make, the experiences you want to have with your family and colleagues, the way you want to feel as you lay in bed reflecting on your day.
Spend 3-5 minutes jotting down your ideas. They don’t have to be eloquent or even full sentences.
Next, make a list of the five most important activities for you to accomplish in order to have the day you really want. Don’t get ambitious and shoot for more than five or you will set yourself up for failure.
Now, open your calendar and write those five items in your schedule at the exact times you will do them. I recommend doing them first thing in the morning, before you have your first appointment.
In fact, I recommend getting those five things done before you even open your email.
What you will find with this system is that each day you focus your time on activities that really move you forward. Many of them will take more time than you think, leaving little time for “busy” activities that get you nowhere.
If you find that your mind is rebelling and coming up with reasons this won’t work for you, post them on our Facebook page and I will help you work through each one.
I can’t wait to hear how you cure your “busyness” and get back to a life of purposeful, meaningful activity.