Yesteryear, if you told someone you’re busy they may empathize.
Tell people you’re busy today and a little voice in the ether goes, “Uh oh!”
A respected colleague, Victoria Labalme talks about how bringing up “busy” leads to a series of one-up-manship.
“How are you?”
“I’m really busy. How are you?”
“Oh, I’m crazy busy. I’ve got busy, on top of busy.”
As Labalme astutely points out, busy is nothing to brag about.
Today, ‘busy’ has become a fading badge oh honor. Much in the same way, admitting “I don’t know how to turn on a computer,” was okay to say until it eventually became a sign of complete ignorance.
Let’s face it. With the quality and proliferation of technological solutions, busy is no longer a positive sign. It is, in fact, a red flag. It is a harbinger for ineffective behavior. A symbol of someone out of control.
This should put sayings like, “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person,” a cause for pause.
“If you want to get something done, give it to an efficient person.” Isn't that better (albeit not a play on words)?
Here are Five Signs you’re busyness may be holding you back:
1. You Feel Busy but Don’t Notice Results.
2. You Admit Busyness and Feel Out of Control.
3. You’re Exhausted From The Weight of Your Commitments.
4. You Can’t Quite Recall What You Did Today.
5. You’ve Given Up Lists for Reactionary Work.
The antidote to busy?
• List Your MITs - List the Peter Thomas, MITs (the most important things you want to get done) at the beginning of each day.
• Target Specific Results - Target the specific progress or results you want to accomplish each day.
• Attach Emotion to Progress - Emotionally attach your progress to the end game, the ultimate prize you aim to attain.
Now, don’t panic. It is still relatively acceptable to say you’re busy. But that window of acceptability is rapidly closing. Then, one day, admitting you’re busy will be an outright admission of ignorance.
Best to get busy on solving busy, before its too late.