“Busy is a drug that a lot of people are addicted to.” Rob Bell
Too Busy for Life?
My next book is on women and overwhelm, and I find that in general, with the digital world being on 24/7, we have so much more to do. And less time to do it. And than results in major stress and burnout. I know what it feels like to have worked hard for 8 hours and wonder at the end of the day, what did I get done? Here are a few cures:
The Solution to Busyness
• Do a Data Dump In the course Managing Accelerated Productivity, I learned how to do a data dump. Write down everything you have to get done in every area of your life. The list is usually several pages. Afterwards, organize it into categories: Urgent, Important, Someday Maybe, Next Week, Next Month, etc. And then schedule each item in your calendar. The Someday/Maybe need not be scheduled, but write it somewhere so your mind won’t have to carry it around. (Evernote is a great app for this.) )It helpa to actually write it all out and then highlight it in your favorite colored marker when you have assigned a time and date to it. Your little kid inside loves that!
• Evaluate your calendar Are you too busy because you want to be? Are there things you should be saying no to? How much of your day is driving your kids to activities or wasted in meaningless meetings? Take back your time.
• Use smarts tools Kanbanflow®, Sanebox® and other software can help with your time management, email and overwhelm. Try different apps and strategies to save yourself time.
• Accept the Inevitable We will never get it all done because there is not enough time in the day and because we want a good quality of life. Life balance is important. Realize some tasks are less meaningful and just won’t happen. And that’s ok. Delegate, decide not to do and enjoy your life.
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