It can be difficult to know whether you are too busy, not busy enough, or just the right amount of busy. What does any of that mean, anyway? Busy according to who and judged by what standard? You might love busy; it might even energize you to be busy. Conversely, you might need a lot of down time to recharge and for you busy might mean doing little more than crawling out of bed in the morning. And you only do that because you have to pee.
On one hand, it is possible to be too busy and many people live heavily stressed lives because they burn the candle at both ends. On the other hand, it is possible to be so sedentary that you are not contributing to your own life – or anyone else’s – in any meaningful way. As with most things, either extreme is not a good thing and finding balance is key. What you want to aim for is being the right amount of busy.
My favorite part of the whole busy thing is the people who will tell you how busy you are and whether it’s too busy. I don’t know about you but I don’t think I’ve ever been so busy that I didn’t know I was busy. “You’re busy – too busy!” (The ‘in my head response,’ “Yeah I’m busy. Busy being awesome!”) And why hasn’t anyone ever told me that I’m the right amount of busy? “You’re pretty busy these days. But you’re not too busy. You’re just the right amount of busy.” “Thank you. It’s a delicate balance but I take pride in my balance of busyness. I’m so glad you noticed.”
Certainly if you are starting a business you are going to be busy. Or that would be the hope. Since I started my business I find that I am falling into the not busy enough zone. I’m grateful that people have not taken the time to point out how not busy I am. “Gee, you are so not busy since you started your business. How do you do it? I envy all the free time you have!” That conversation might not end well for at least one of us.
How do you find that ‘right amount of busy’ zone? The good news is that there is no pixie dust or eye of newt needed to find this magic place. The bad news is that this actually makes it more difficult to find. If you want to find balance with busyness or any other area of your life you are responsible for finding it. The more in touch you are with yourself and the more personally developed you are, the more effectively you will find this balance. Why? Because the more in touch you are with yourself the more quickly you will recognize when things are going awry and the more efficient you will be at identifying the reasons for the chaos, or bump, depending on just how awry things are going.
Start paying attention to how busy you can be before your moods, attitudes, and energy start to fade. Also notice how un-busy you can be before your motivation or your ambition start slipping away. Being too busy is often easier to spot, but not being busy enough can be just as hazardous to your plans. Some down time can be a good thing, but you do not want to be so un-busy that you could slip into a coma and no one would notice.
There actually is a sweet spot in the realm of busyness. This is the place where you are at your best. Everything comes together and you are productive, consistent, and able to maintain an air of pleasantness that draws people to you. You want to find the sweet spot because that’s where the magic happens.
Okay then, time to stop reading this blog and get out there and find the place where you are the most productive. Where is your sweet spot? Is it closer to too busy or wavering over by not busy enough?
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