Why are we Busy?
How did we get so busy in the first place?
With all of the new technology and faster, easier ways of communicating, shouldn’t we theoretically be less busy and have more free time? Yet we find ourselves with less time and more to do. We are spending more time doing things we’ve never done before, such as posting on social media or texting from our mobile device. These activities, while they feel quick in the moment, actually can cause us to feel busier. The sense that we are always “on” or always “checking in” can lead to higher levels of stress.
Why do we keep ourselves so busy in the first place?
Perhaps a part of us actually believes that being busy is a good thing. It allows us to tell other people we’re not idle. That we have “a life”. We have things to do, we’re important, we’re needed. Busy equals success in our minds. For many people, this busyness has become a state of being that is a “sickness”. Some are even calling it a disease, or rather a dis-ease. A state that puts us out ease. When we’re out of ease, we becomes stressed. And stress can lead to a laundry list of health concerns most people would like to avoid.
Deciding to not be busy is a choice.
But first we need to have a mindset shift and realize that being busy is not who we are as a person. Even though it’s all around us, we don’t have to identify with the role of a busy person. We can decide to take on less and instead experience more peace and space. We can be less busy and live a more fulfilling life.
You might be thinking, “Hey, I really am busy and there’s nothing I can do about it.” or “I like being busy.” There’s no denying we are all busier today than ever before, but taking a look at what is filling up our lives to the point of exhaustion is a good exercise. You might find that half of the things keeping you busy really don’t fulfil you. What if the things you think are priorities are actually just the things that hold you back from moving towards what you truly desire?
The Four steps to a less-busy but more Fulfilling Life:-
(Try one or more of these steps to support you in reducing your busyness and creating more peace of mind).
Step 1.Take an inventory of your busy life.
What is filling up your busyness? What is on your plate? Does it really need to be? How effective is it really? Do you enjoy it? Why are you really doing it? Write it all down on a piece of paper and determine what activities you could get rid of altogether. What would be the impact of eliminating one or two things on the list? While you might miss out on something you think is important there may be a greater benefit to not doing it? Once you take your inventory, share it with others in your life and let them know you are going to be making some changes. Be prepared that not everyone will agree with you. Stick to your new plan and try it for 30 days.
Step 2. Be present amongst the chaos.
While you have a lot on your plate, try to focus on what is right in front of you rather than thinking about the next thing. Present, not future. If you find you have a lot to get through in a day, take each thing as it comes and keep breathing through it. Let your breath be a reminder to your mind to stay present. It takes practice to train your mind to stay in the present, but give it a try.
Step 3. Focus on what you do best and what makes you fulfilled.
Stop trying to be everything and do everything. Find out what you really need to be doing and do that. If you’re in business for yourself, figure out your unique skills and talents and focus in on what you do best rather than trying to do things that really are not your natural skill set. This is about concentrating on what you are really good at and what you enjoy, and leaving the rest to someone else. Which activities or hobbies do feel most fulfilled whilst doing? In your personal life, it might mean giving up some things that even though you think they are important or even fun, they don’t always lead to more peace and pleasure.
Step 4. Remember you are a human-being, not a human-doing.
You are not meant to go 24-7 at 100 miles per hour. You are not a machine. Your body needs to refuel. Your mind needs to rest. Sometimes it’s the rest and the non-busyness that scares us. We wonder what we’ll find out about ourselves if we slow down. Keep in mind, anything that frightens us is usually worth investigating and you might discover something new about yourself.
These four steps are just some ideas of how you can become less busy and start to lead a more fulfilling life.
Let me know how these worked for you or if you have any of your own to share.