For those of you coming back from holiday, ‘ Busy is not the point’ feels like a great blog post from Seth Godin.
Many will have heard about the blight of ‘busyness’ where we almost brag about our ‘busyness’ as a badge of honour, denoting how important we are and how much we contribute. I don’t agree. With busyness comes no time to think. With no time to think we are on autopilot. How we spend our time starts to create who we are and how we see the world. It affects how we see ourselves and other people.
We can become robots, with our day determined by what is in our diary or inbox. We rarely challenge the idea that our diaries drive us, often unable to ask why am I in that meeting (no time to think), can we change the meeting so I attend just part? Can we change it so it is shorter and more productive? We can lurch from meeting to meeting, contributing valiantly but without time to think, without considering what is really needed from me here? We don’t have time, and we don’t create time to think what do my customers, team, stakeholders or the world need from me. We don’t pause to reflect, step back and look at the bigger picture. You can’t do this in 10 minute snatches in between meetings.
Before the very slight lull of August ends can you give yourself an hour to really think about what is needed from you? What that might mean for your priorities? What you spend your time on (this might lead to a significant change in your diary!)? What you talk to people about? This can be hard alone at first, so get in touch if you’d like to think about carving out more time to think in the next few months.