We’ve been exploring the epidemic of busy in this six-part blog series. What, you’re too busy to read a six-part blog series? OK, fine. We’ve got the short version for you.
This series is based on the book Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much by Tony Crabbe. He also gets that being busy can make reading a 250-page book a challenge, so he offered a “Too Busy to Read This Book?” overview.
So we’ll borrow that idea and give you the short version.
Research shows that people feel busier than ever, but we’re actually not. The reality is the world keeps moving faster and we feel the need to keep up.
So what do we do about it? Here are five tips:
5 Quick Tips to Overcome Busyness
- Kill the distractions. We feel scattered, we task switch, we multitask—all of which make us work slower and less efficiently. Jennifer Bourn said it best: “Close Slack. Close email. Close social media. Seriously.” Learn more about how to reduce task switching.
- Move from busy to mastery. Accept that you can’t do it all, and instead focus on delivering your best. Work smarter, not harder. Learn more about how to change how you work.
- Do the big stuff first. You load a moving truck with the big pieces first, then you fill in the extra space with smaller boxes. Approach your work the same way: Big important projects first, then use whatever time is left for the minor stuff. Learn more about how to focus your work.
- Make decisions with context. You’re not deciding whether or not to do one thing, you’re always picking between competing demands on your time. Learn more about how your decisions impact how busy you are.
- It’s OK to say no. Part of being effective is picking your battles. Where can you maximize your time and energy? (Hint: It’s probably not answering email.) Learn more about how to say no.
Have time for one more?
- Smile more. Seriously, you might live longer. Take breaks. Embrace your downtime. Celebrate your wins. Learn more about how to fight busyness with a smile.