Sorry, that was a bit of a cheeky title – and by no means meant to disrespect anyone’s work schedule.
I’ve worked on various projects in a bunch of different workplaces over the past 12 months and one of the more commonly uttered phrases I hear is “I’m soooo busy.”
The two million- dollar questions to ask yourself are:
Does being busy actually make you feel validated – just a teensy weensy bit more important?
Does this “busyness” you are experiencing actually mean you are achieving more?
Research from the University of Chicago found that people actually prefer being busy, even if it hurts their productivity.
Our modern world has increasingly equated busyness with status fuelled by access to immediate information via the web and a social media artificial inflation of what success is. Thankfully, I believe the tide is just starting to turn a little.
So what are the main “busy” forming culprits at work?
Pointless meetings will apparently cost U.S. companies a whopping $399 billion in 2019 it is estimated. Next time you are invited to attend a meeting, consciously ask yourself:
When you do attend a meeting ensure:
Awareness of your meeting activity is the key. If we are proactive in reducing meeting time by our own actions, it will encourage others to follow suit.
Emails are another “busy” sapper. Managing them takes a conscious and active effort.
Ideas for change?
Everyday set aside time – at work, whilst not on a break – to think and breathe…. Not two minutes but at least 15…It will help you re focus, decide what’s important and resist the urge to keep buzzing along aimlessly (And yes I think that is mindful behaviour).
Busy is no longer cool….
Lexie Wilkins, Culture and Employee-Engagement Expert and Director, Lexie Wilkins Consulting