Busy – bizi?
I have always disliked the word busy. In a previous role I would challenge myself and my team if they used the word. Busy for me implies you are not in control and it has become a word associated with those who are important. It implies some sort of status; I have lots to do, so I am busy!
And yet it’s quite likely the opposite?
I have been reflecting on this, as the word has crept back into my vocabulary. I am really busy right now: I am too busy. Busy doing what? My time has been taken up – true. I have been busy, too busy, but have I been doing the right things? Was my calendar full out of choice and were the things in it what I needed to be doing or where I need to focus my time. I don’t think I need to answer that do I?
If you google the word Busy, this is what you get?
1.having a great deal to do.
“he had been too busy to enjoy himself”
synonyms: occupied (in), engaged in, involved in, employed in, working at, labouring at, toiling at, slaving at, hard at work (on), wrapped up (in/with); More
So firstly I love the spelling bizi! It implies more energy than busy. However that’s a distraction. Look under the definition “he had been too busy to enjoy himself”. When I saw this I sighed.
Aside of the fact that it says he and not she, another distraction right now; too busy to enjoy himself? It says it all doesn’t it? Too busy too enjoy himself. Managing my time wasn’t just about running a business, looking after clients, doing chores and all the necessary stuff that comes with running and home and family. It was also about making sure I had time to enjoy myself; a conscious choice, not just squeezing it in somewhere.
So back to my calendar and time to reflect on how I was spending my time and the purpose of each entry. If my calendar was going to be full, it was going to be because I chose it to be full. Full of things I wanted to do. Its so easy to fall into a busy trap and allow things to steal your time. Time to revisit some of those important time management skills I have learnt over the years.
- Book time in to think and plan so I am making conscious choices – 30 mins at the start and end of each week. Has my time been well spent? What should I keep doing? What can I do differently next week?
- No agenda with the meeting invite – don’t accept the meeting! What’s the purpose of me being there? Please tell me so I can make informed decision to accept.
- Travelling 2 hours for an hour meeting – let’s do it by Skype!
- Agreeing who is doing what and by when at the end of a meeting and before everyone leaves the room – less time chasing people up.
And so on and so forth… in short making more effort to be in control of my time instead of being controlled by it. I am no longer a passenger!
Busyness is not something to aspire to. Its your time so choose how you spend it – consciously and wisely.