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When I feel like my life is well balanced, I try to take note of why that is – because it’s sure to be a fleeting moment.
In a life of trying to achieve lots and tick a variety of boxes, there is one thing that seems to be a common factor every time I feel that things are going well: I’m less busy.
By that, I don’t mean that I’m doing less or not achieving as much in my day, or that I have less on my to-do list. I mean I’m less caught up in the busyness of life. I'm more purposeful.
I don’t like it when people talk about being busy. ‘I’m too busy to do that,’ they’ll say (or I'll occasionally find myself saying without thinking), and I cringe.
I’m a big believer in the theory that you make time for anything you want or need to make time for.
I used to work with a man who loved to talk about how busy he was. I'd go in for a meeting and spend the first ten minutes listening to him talk about how hectic his day was, and I'd think about all the things he could have ticked off his list in that time, instead of rattling on about how much he had to do. I really think that for some people, it's more about looking 'busy and important' rather than actually needing to get through a lot in a day.
Most of us do have a lot to achieve each day, and sometimes it feels like a constant battle. My advice to you - and to myself - is to stay calm, write a list and just do it. Don't let your mind get caught up in busy thoughts that will make you waste time talking about general busyness.
How do you manage your busyness?