But being constantly busy creates many problems. Some are obvious like feeling overwhelmed, stuck, stressed and exhausted.
It is difficult to feel like you are thriving in your life, work, or business when this is your reality.
However, there is an another big problem with being busy that will keep you stuck, but is often overlooked.
It is this:
Just because you are busy doesn’t mean you are being productive or effective.
And if you aren’t being productive or effective, that will be reflected in your results and outcomes in all areas of your life, work and business.
Just because you are busy doesn’t mean you are moving forward with your most important goals or what matters most. It doesn’t mean you will achieve the results you most want to achieve.
Being constantly busy can lead to making mistakes, negatively impact your decision making, damage relationships (personal and professional), reduces the quality of your work and will suck the life out of you. The list of the damage being constantly busy can do could go on and on. But the bottom line is this:
Busyness is not the key to successfully achieving your goals or thriving in life, work or business.
So it is time to break the busy habit and escape the busy trap.
A useful way to deal with this is to shift your focus away from your busyness and focus on your levels of effectiveness instead.
Effectiveness is defined as the extent to which your efforts are successful in producing the results and outcomes you most want to achieve.
And that is a far better metric and focus area than being busy.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to get started with shifting from busy to being more effective.
Keep in mind your most important goals, the outcomes and results you most want to achieve and what matters most as you ask yourself these questions:
- Am I being busy or effective?
- What needs to change for me to be less busy?
- What needs to change so I am more effective?
- In what ways is being busy detrimental to what matters most and the results I want to achieve?
- What boundaries do I need to put in place to be less busy and be more effective?
- How would my life, work or business benefit from me being more effective?
- What habits do I need to foster that will help me be more effective and get better results consistently?
- What action will I take to break the busy trap and to focus on and build effectiveness instead?
In the quest to achieve your most important goals, create the results you most want to achieve and to thrive in your life, work and business, the focus on effectiveness trumps the focus on busyness every time.
Choose to stop the busy habit. It does not serve you and it does not serve getting better results. Instead put your focus and attention firmly on your level of personal effectiveness.