Everyone I know is busy. Busy with work, busy with volunteering, busy with family… busy trying to balance so many different responsibilities with not enough time.
Being busy isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Busy people are generally much more productive than people who aren’t. But there is danger in falling into a pattern of busyness – people who are busy out of habit rather than intention aren’t adding value to their lives. They quite often feel overwhelmed and unsatisfied. While they are spending their time doing a lot, they don’t feel they are actually accomplishing a lot.
Do you consider yourself a busy person? If so, ask yourself: Am I busy doing things that are really meaningful to me, or am I just busy?
If you have trouble answering this question (or admitting the true answer to yourself), you really need to reflect on how you are spending your time and why. Here are three steps that will help you:
Know how you are spending your time during the day/week/month. Outline the amount of time spent on daily activities and outside commitments, and then tally up the amount of time spent on these different things.
List everything you’ve done in the past month. Then rank order these things by what is most important to you / what supports your long-term goals. What are the things you’re spending time on that aren’t important to you?
You’ve heard what the definition of insanity is, right? Nothing will change in your life unless you consciously make a change. If you are doing things that aren’t important to you or don’t make a positive difference in your life, you should stop doing these things now.
Follow these three steps above and you will be surprised what you discover about how you’re spending your time, and there’s a good chance you will be able to make simple changes that will allow you to devote more time in your life to the things that really matter.
Jene Kapela, Ed.D.
Do you need help focusing on the things that really matter? Contact Jene at firstname.lastname@example.org.