Say no to ‘busy’!

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.

Stop being busyAnd 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?

Honestly?  Wrong.

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.

Comments ( 7 )

  1. ReplyJohn

    Great post. I couldn't agree more. I am sure I was often more productive than my colleagues that would spend their day rushing about and competing to see who could stay later. Calm is just about my favourite word.

    • ReplyHeena

      Thanks John. I agree, I love 'calm' as well as 'chilled' - both feel lovely :-)

  2. ReplyAlice

    I so agree with you. Too many people fill their time to bursting - we musn't 'waste' time. And yet time to relax, to allow children to be 'bored' can often be the catalyst for many creative projects. I see this with my children all the time. Leave them to their own devices and they may mooch around and complain there is 'nothing to do' and then 40 minutes later I discover them inventing a new game or building a new contraption! I wish more people would leave some unconstructed time though - it's hard to make off-the-cuff arragements and enjoy some spontaneous meet-ups with friends if everyone is booked up 3 months in advance!

    • ReplyHeena

      Thanks Alice - some of the best times I had as a child were when I was left to my own devices and had to invent games! :-)

  3. ReplyNicola

    Sometimes common sense just needs wrapped up in a well written post to stop us being so blind to it! Thanks :)

    • ReplyHeena

      Thanks Nicola :-)

  4. ReplyVanessa

    Great post, It's absolutely right on point! I think one of the worst things in life is being frazzled. Great advice...now if you could only help us say no to those things that we really need to. Sometimes its easier said than done but it has to be done, period. Thanks!

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