Stress Relief Tool – Understand Busy Does Not Equal Success

If we stop worrying about what other people are thinking about the hours we work and how much is on our plate, we will have more time for meaningful ventures and less stress because of that.

“I’m busy.” It’s the common answer to the question of “how’s it going?” You rarely, if ever, hear somebody reply, “Work is easy, and I’m on top of everything.” This may seem like a minor conversational quirk, but it’s reflective of a much larger issue. As long as we connect the idea that being busy equals being important and successful, we’ll look for ways to keep making ourselves busier.

People brag about pulling an all-nighter to finish a project because they have no time. They eagerly share that they didn’t have five minutes to think during the course of their busy day. And they describe eating lunch at their desk while simultaneously replying to emails and being on a conference call, as if they just mastered a new magic trick. Our success isn’t tied to how busy we are, it’s tied to how much control we have of our time and how we choose to use it.

Think about that last sentence for a moment. If we stop worrying about what other people are thinking about the hours we work and how much is on our plate, we can refocus our efforts on using our time as effectively as possible. Inevitably, we will have more time for meaningful ventures, and our stress will reduce as a result.

The reality is that being fully invested in “busy” is a long day’s journey to nowhere. If all your efforts and time are used up being busy, then they are not being used to be clear, focused, and productive.1

Start keeping a list to be more mindful of what is keeping you busy. Weed out activities that are not adding value to your career and/or home life to help reduce your stress.

 

  1. Hover, G. – My New Year’s Resolution: Stop Being Busy

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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