Although national purchase volume is down from last year, our office is still in the midst of “busy season.” Despite the large volume of things that must get done, our team still strives to manage a work-life balance by actively prioritizing and managing their workdays.
This reminds me that we see many people “addicted to busy” – especially those of us in sales or self-employment. Many people take pride in being “busy” without realizing how counter-productive and even destructive it can be.
It is truly an addiction for many people that prevents them from being present and that often spreads to those around them, as unnecessary tasks often end up getting delegated or transferred.
One of our all-time favorite books is “The Big Leap.” It is an extraordinary book by a Stanford PhD about identifying “upper limits” that hold people back. We think every professional should read it.
The book has another famous chapter all about time-management. The author drives home the point that we are entirely in control of our schedules; that nobody should ever be “too busy;” that time is 100% about choices; and that time is 100% relative to the task at hand and the urgency and enjoyment of the task.
The author makes a distinction between our classic notion of Newtonian (sequential) Time and Einstein (relative) Time.
If anyone ever thinks or says they are “too busy,” we highly recommend “The Big Leap” (once again), with a focus on the chapter about “time.” We also highly recommend never thinking or saying you are “too busy,” as hard as that is to do.
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