Busy is the new black
Do you feel like you’re constantly busy? Like you’ve got too much on and not enough hours in the day to get it all done? Don’t worry. You’re not alone.
It seems as though a lot of us respond to the question ‘how are you?’ with some variation of ‘good thanks, but very busy!’ We’re all managing multiple commitments every day – from work, to family, friends, pets, appointments, meetings – and then, finally, trying to put aside time to look after our health, fitness and get enough sleep. It’s a lot.
But how much of this ‘busyness’ is in your head? And what strategies can you put in place to manage both your workflow and mental health?
Success coach and author of Read Me First, Lisa Stephenson, is a strong advocate for taking time out for yourself and, she goes further than that, suggests that we should all delete the word ‘busy’ from our vocabularies:
“The word ‘busy’ tells your brain to be stressed and alert. Wipe the word from your vocabulary wherever possible.”
To be the best version of yourself and escape the cycle of constant busyness, Lisa suggests you put the following strategies in place:
- Take care of yourself – You’ll never get your best work done or be a help to others when you’re not doing the work on you.
- Delegate where possible – If you’re constantly feeling overloaded with work, perhaps it’s time to get some help or hand over some of your work to other people who are better at that particular job than you are. Focus on the things you love doing and it won’t feel like work.
- Mix it up – Is there a way for you to do your job differently so that you’re working smarter, not harder?
- Don’t forget to have fun – Create space in your life (no matter how busy your schedule is) for people, relaxation and fun. These times are essential for your mental health and wellbeing. Having ‘switched off’ moments actually make you more productive when you get back to work.
As Lisa says, ‘busy is not sexy’. Being in a constant state of busyness and stress doesn’t allow you to have a clear headspace to enjoy the good times when they do roll around – the times you spend working on the things you love and with the people who matter most.