Today – How to stop being busy
Are you busy? I am always too busy but I am on it! I absolutely have promised myself that this time next month I’ll be able to confidently say ‘nope, not busy!
I know very very few people who would say they weren’t.
The way humans live their everyday life has changed dramatically over the years. If you ask your parents, they’ll tell you life was much simpler and stress free back then. And they will tell you that the the current scenario where money and power are the main measures of success has also driven people to follow the ‘madness’ of multitasking. Now weare all so busy being busy and being sleep deprived and surviving on cups and cups of caffeine.
How to stop being busy
The life that we live is in the need of some serious reassessment. We need to start by stopping the glorification of being busy. Here’s helping you understand why it is okay to do less. We need to learn how to stop being busy and to get our life back on track. Then we need to be sure we absolutely enjoy our lives and have time for all the things and all the experiences and most important all the people we enjoy.
You need to lose some things from your life, it really is as simple as that. You need to sit down and write your to-do list for the week then strike off the non-essentials. And you need to say no MUCH more to yourself and to others when they try and busy up your life with stuff. It honestly really is as simple as that.
Being less busy brings with it some amazing benefits. take a look and decide if you want these in your life. I know I certainly do!
Focusing on fewer tasks at a time directly means that you will be able to offer undivided attention to those tasks, which drastically increases the chances of those tasks hitting perfection. Taking the step to get rid of the clutter and what’s not important, and having just a few, important tasks to focus on can not just help keep your concentration levels at their optimum, but also get you to closer to the results you are expecting.
You’ll also definitely have more time after the ‘purge’ and you’ll be able to use it constructively- sometimes by engaging in self-care and recharging your batteries and sometimes by following your passion.
Multitasking is overrated and not often productive, lose some tasks and give those that you decide to keep your full attention – you will be so glad you did.
Improved Productivity when you stop being busy
By focusing just on a few, important tasks at a time and not attempting to multitask, your productivity levels are bound to shoot up. You’ll also be at a much lesser risk of suffering from burnout, which affects millions of people today, in their craziness of trying to juggle a massive number of tasks together. It is just making us all really unhealthy.
Try focusing on fewer things at a time and you’ll also notice at how much peace and satisfaction you find at the end of completion of those tasks. In feeling calmer you will also realise your impact on everyone around you is more calming too and your kids won’t be so techy and irritable, your colleagues will be more amenable and life really will run more smoothly and efficiently.
Less busy = Less Stress
Stress at worst is a killer at least is just a negative and draining experience that impacts everyone and everything you come into contact with. Lose the stress.
Less is more when it comes to working on things, and that’s simply because you’ll have just a few things on your plate to worry and stress about. The more things you try to do together, the more stressed out you’ll possibly be. It’s no news how this stress can quickly translate to a major decrease in productivity levels and both mental and physical exhaustion. You’ll also find that taking up and focusing on less but important tasks at a time can radically change your outlook towards life, and make you appreciate more of what you have.
Embracing minimalism, especially when it comes to work, can help you stay clutter-free and less stressed and overwhelmed. If you do struggle with stress do take a peek at this NHS website to gain some clarity
It is also great role modelling for your kids to see you manage your workload and your time in a way that does not stress you out. You are the person they will emulate and what a great skill to teach them to manage their busy-ness healthily.
When you take up more than you can handle and it is ultimately stressing you out, things, even important ones, merely become a distraction for you. Letting go of those unnecessary tasks can feel amazingly refreshing and can help you reach a level of mental clarity like nothing else. Slowly and steadily, it becomes your lifestyle. You’ll be amazed at how embracing minimalism in every area of your life can help you achieve that level of peace and happiness in your life that nothing else possibly can.
My busyness / busy-less resolutions
I have tried, as this new year has come around, to put less on my daily to-do lists. My aim is to timetable my tasks in so I am less busy, less flustered and less stressed. I aim to be more fully present in the evenings with my children and my partner. This year I not longer want to be constantly too busy for quality and quantity time with them, I don’t find this at all easy yet but it is a new habit and one I am going to work on till it becomes my norm. We need all learn how to stop being busy so we don’t forget to have a life and we need to stop being so busy that we have no joy.