June 01, 2014
STOP PLAYING THE BUSY GAME
From crazy busy to smart busy: how to stop the hamster wheel and start being more effective
If you are like me, you probably tell everybody how busy you are: crazy busy, buried in work, head spinning. My day is packed with projects, design briefs, writing offers, calling clients, overlooking work, discussing jobs with co workers and staying on top of production processes. An endless cycle. And at the end of day the question: What have I actually accomplished? Why am I burned out?
MOVEMENT IS NOT THE SAME AS ACTION
I've been thinking a lot about this lately. About how being busy is not the same as being effective. Like movement is not the same as action. The problem is, we spend a lot of time with things that aren't necessarily important to what we really have to do. We tend to hide behind actions sometimes out of fear of attacking the 300 pound gorilla, the really important issues, the grand projects. And believe me, I know what I am talking about. For months I've been procrastinating on the project of getting our website updated, of targeting a more focused client base: the 300 pound gorilla. And why? Because I'm too busy. Hiding behind "busy".
BEING EFFECTIVE IS A NEW HABIT
What I decided is to take a break, not stop working, just slowing down with movement and emphasize more on controlled actions. It's the only way to stop the hamster wheel of busyness that leads to burn-out. Inhale/exhale, structure, prioritize, plan goals and milestones, and then work things off a list. Pause, learn, study, mentor and look for mentors (it works both ways).. and so on. One action at a time. Small steps, tiny steps, and start writing them down- by hand! Habits only change in small steps. To quote one of my favorite authors, James Clear:
Rome wasn't built in a day, but they laid bricks every day.
Let me know what you think. And don't tell me, you're too busy. If you want to continue this conversation contact us. Thank you. Or, what the heck, I know you're busy, give me a call: 213.341.1642