I recently listened to a podcast which reminded me that busy is a decision. I know this is true, and at first, I didn’t think too much about it. But upon further reflection, I think I do need to pay more attention to this idea.
I think I’ve previously mentioned how this year hasn’t been great with regards to achieving the goals I had set out for the year. I think this is largely due to my choosing to be overly busy with other things and probably pursuing too many goals concurrently. Ironically, one of my (supposed to be) learnings from 2016 was to focus on fewer priorities since having too many priorities is effectively not prioritizing anything.
Also this year, I’ve found myself skipping a lot of my regular routines. Some of these have been productivity related, and as a result, I sometimes found myself falling behind or forgetting tasks or projects. Some of these have been related to reflection and reconnecting with myself, and as a result, I sometimes found myself falling down the rabbit hole of negative emotions and reactivity. And often, I think I allowed myself to skip these important parts of my life because I was too busy with other things.
So it’s looking like maybe I need to reevaluate my choice to be so busy. It will probably benefit me greatly to make the time to slow down, step back, and make sure I’m allowing myself the time to keep myself high performing. I was reminded of this during a recent presentation by a coworker where he shared the sentiment (which I have also had numerous times before) that things start to go wrong when we don’t take the time to reflect and do our regular routines.
I’m currently writing this while I’m on the plane to Hawaii (I’ve been here since Friday, but I’m only getting around to posting this now. I’ll try to post my weekly reading excerpts later this week.). I think it would be best for me to make some time during my vacation to make some decisions about what goals I want to focus on, what tasks I want to defer, and what I want to say “No” to.
Although I enjoy being “busy,” I do have to keep in mind that being busy is a means to an end, not an end in itself. And I also have to keep in mind the idea of sharpening the saw, because sometimes being too busy and not taking the time to take care of me is resulting in my working towards my goals and responsibilities with a dull saw. Thankfully the people I’m exposed to have helped me to remember this.