As a busy woman who works with busy professionals, I often hear this question: “How can I get more time in my day?” With busyness and disconnection at an all time high, these five questions will help you assess what changes you can make to create more time in your day and reconnect with what matters.
Do I Need a System? Systems are specific and consistent processes you follow to give structure to certain tasks. For example, I helped coach a client to develop a system for cleaning her desk because the clutter was causing her to put off tackling certain work assignments. Systems help you to automate activities so that you can focus your time and energy on more important tasks. Systems can be whatever you want them to be, but they need to be reviewed regularly and be measurable.
Am I Addicted to Adrenaline? Do you work best under pressure and/or find that you leave important tasks to the last minute? Sometimes last minute projects are unavoidable, but if you consistently find yourself in rush mode, it might be time for you to make an honest assessment about why that is the case. Some adrenaline is good, but too much can lead to unwanted physical health issues.
Is Fear or Guilt Causing My Busyness? When I was a young attorney, I sometimes declined invitations to networking events citing my busy schedule as the reason. While that was often the case, there were times when I wasn’t feeling as confident about my networking skills, so I hid behind my schedule. Most people don’t consciously associate fear or guilt with being busy, but how many times do you schedule appointments because you think you should or get worried because you aren’t keeping up with what other busy professionals are doing?
Are My Activities Purposeful? Having a busy life is wonderful, but busyness needs to be intentional and purposeful in order to be productive. Intention and purpose come from getting clear about your work and life mission. What do you want to accomplish at work, both short term and long term? Will attending those three new meetings advance that mission? What type of family life do you want to create? Does signing your son or daughter up for another activity fit into that mission?
Do I Need Extra Help? People often use busyness as a badge of honor and take pride in juggling more than the next person. Review each of your to-do items to see whether you can delegate any of them or hire someone to help.
Many people are living and working at an unsustainable pace today. These five questions will help you assess how you can create more time and connection in your life.
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