So I’m keeping it brief today. I’ve had various emails from family, friends and colleagues all trying to arrange lovely meet-ups in the last few days.
But because these days everyone has such busy diaries it’s been a little bit difficult to get everything to work with everyone, at times to suit everyone.
And although it goes against the grain of modern life and current trends, I’m not really a fan of ‘busy’. I like to have a mix – a few things booked in as well as lots of free time to do with as I want, and to allow things in at the last minute, or to enjoy doing nothing in particular at my own pace. So all this cramming in of stuff feels a bit hectic for me.
And I think it’s like that at work for me too. There’s a trend for wanting to appear busy, frantic even – almost as if this proves to everyone around you how valuable you are, how instrumental to the company. You have so much to do, you must be so integral to the running of the company that they’ll never manage without you, right?
Without wanting to trample on any egos, it’s just not true. I think it was one of the partner’s at the audit firm I worked at years ago who told me that no-one was indispensable, anywhere, ever. It’s not a new concept. But it is an important one. Companies will go on with or without you. Look at Ford, still here decades after its founder passed away, or more recently Apple, still going without the iconic Steve Jobs. So if these giants can survive without their leaders, what makes us think our company won’t survive without us?
Keeping busy, being frantic, having a ‘manic’ in-tray isn’t a guarantee of a job. It could even be perceived as a lack of efficiency if it means you aren’t delivering what you need to, when you need to.
And it’s not good for you to be so frazzled all the time either. Frazzled isn’t the head space where strong, rational decisions come from. It’s where panic and fear start to breed.
So nip all of that in the bud now. Don’t add anything unnecessary to your work schedule or home life. Stick to what you need to get done at work, learn to say no to things that clutter up your desk, in-tray and brain but don’t add anything to your goals, or work satisfaction.
Just say no to ‘busy’ and see how much more easy your working day becomes.