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Are You Busy with Busyness?

Updated: Mar 13, 2022

Are you busy with busyness? Now that’s a strange question. Perhaps you’re wondering exactly what I mean. Here’s the thing, most people get caught up with busyness. We like busy work. It’s always at least a little bit less painful than the task we know we should be doing. At the same time, we feel at least a little productive. Smug even.

Sorting out your cupboards Konmari style might feel daunting, but if the other option is doing your tax return, well suddenly it seems the better option. Only problem is – your tax return is still lurking in the background. Waiting until the last minute to start screaming at you that it needs to be done – ugh!

It’s important to be aware of when you’re avoiding your real work for busyness. You’ll actually be happier if you make the most of your time each day.

Consider these examples of busyness:

  1. Deleting old emails

  2. Unplanned house cleaning

  3. Learning when you should be doing

  4. Organizing files

Busyness is any activity that provides less value than what you should be doing, such as:

It gives the false impression that you’re being productive

You can feel pretty good about busyness. You’re active and feel like you’re accomplishing something. No one can say that cleaning out your wardrobe is a completely useless activity. Or can they? In any event, it’s probably not the best way to use your time. Busyness gives the illusion that you’re being productive, but it doesn’t generate income. It doesn’t make progress toward your goals. It doesn’t get the really important shit done.

It’s a form of procrastination

When engaged in busyness, you aren’t being completely useless, but you’re avoiding your real work. Recognize that busyness is just a way to procrastinate in a way that seems justified!

You’re failing to do what’s meaningful

Ultimately, busyness prevents real progress from happening. You might be active, but you’re not effective. Using your time wisely is the key to success and progress.

Avoid busy work and accomplish more today with these strategies:

Plan your day

This should take no more than five minutes. You can choose whether you do this in the evening or first thing in the morning. Make a list of the high-priority items that need to be done before the end of the day. There are many apps available that will allow you to create a schedule and set reminders. Or simply a productivity journal – good ol’ pen and paper! No excuse for forgetting what’s important.

Pick out the three most important items

Ensure that you’re using intelligent criteria for choosing these items. These should be items that will move the needle, not just be items that feel good to do. In fact, the most important items will often be the least appealing. Busyness is about avoiding discomfort. Choose your tasks based on usefulness, not on how enjoyable they seem to be. Average people plan their lives around comfort. Avoid being average.

Get started early

Avoid waiting as long as you can to get started working. Create a little momentum and use that to carry you through the day. If you have a productive morning, the rest of the day will be productive, too.

Before beginning any task, ask yourself: ‘Is this the best use of my time at this moment?’

Asking that question and allowing yourself to be guided by the answer is the solution to using busyness. It can be that simple.

Busyness will waste your time and keep the achievement of your goals off in the distant future. Take control of your day by keeping busyness at bay. You already know what you should be doing. No distractions. No excuses. Just do it.

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee

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