Risky busy-ness: Do less and accomplish more
Friday, May 30, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
By Tricia Molloy
was staying at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles for the NEW
Leadership Summit last year, I noticed the pretty, green, leaf-shaped soap they provided.
What caught my attention were the two words on the packaging: "Restore Balance.” Hmmmm.
showered that morning, I thought, "Wouldn't it be great if it were that
easy? Use this soap and the rest of your day will be in perfect balance. You'll
begin with a vigorous workout at the gym, get that mission-critical project
completed by noon, enjoy a healthy lunch with a key client, call a dear friend
who needs your support and make it to your child's recital that evening. Fully
present every step of the way."
is no soap or magic pill we can take to do that. While it isn't easy to
improve our balance, it is simple.
all way too busy and some of that "busyness" is completely unnecessary. Many of us get addicted to a hectic pace, thinking that busyness
translates to productivity and importance. It often doesn't.
Related: "Flip the switch: 3 ways to beat negativity"
about where you spend and often waste your time in a typical day, week and
month. Make a list of all those things you can consider giving up. From
household chores you dread and toxic people who drain your energy to
professional associations that don't support your career goals. Choose three of
these to release or delegate.
think of one thing you've been "too busy" to do that would enhance
your life and contribute to your balance. Perhaps it's taking a dance or
computer class, nurturing a promising relationship or leading a significant
initiative at work.
the formula of minus three, plus one? You'll benefit professionally and
personally from the energy and clarity that comes when you keep some breathing
room in your typical schedule, instead of filling all your time again.
will you give up — and gain?
Tricia Molloy is a corporate leadership speaker and the author of Working with Wisdom. She works to inspire professionals to be more positive and
productive through keynote speeches and employee
development talks, workshops and webinars.
Views expressed in signed blogs are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the
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