Do you have a lot of things to do? So many, that you hardly have time for anything else. You’re so busy that you don’t get enough exercise, you can’t eat healthily, spend time with friends and family or just relax for a while. Read this article on how to stop being busy.
Being Busy and Being Productive
It’s true that constantly doing something and running like a hamster inside a wheel can run its toll on anyone.
The problem isn’t as much in having a lot of things to do – that’s a good problem to have. The problem is the being too busy aspect of it.
- Being busy doesn’t mean you’re being productive
- Being good at something doesn’t mean that you’re getting the results you desire
- Being stressed out and working hard doesn’t mean you’re getting any closer to where you want to get
If you say you’re busy then you’re really saying you feel overwhelmed by the things you have to do.
There are either too many tasks on your plate or you have to spend ungodly amounts of effort to get them done. Both of these issues can be fixed. You have to be the one in control of your time not be controlled by it.
- Effectiveness is about doing the right things that are important for what you want to accomplish
- Efficiency is about doing things right. You can be very efficient at mopping the floor or typing the keyboard very fast, but will it be effective is a whooole nother story.
You want to be efficiently effective – doing the right things as well as possible.
How to Stop Being Busy All the Time
So, the first thing you need to do is recognize the areas in your life where you need to be effective.
- If you’re an athlete wanting to win the Olympics, then you’re not going to spend a lot of time painting or learning computer code. It would make you too busy.
- If you’re not planning to take action on the things you learn, then you’re better off not knowing them in the first place, so that you could focus on the other things that actually support your goals.
The second part to this is becoming more efficient and getting better at the things you need to do. It’s putting in the hours towards achieving mastery and really honing your skills so that you could get more results with less time and effort.
Strategies for Being Less Busy
So, instead of trying to do more and have a looong to-do-list (or a not-to-do-list), you have to identify the tasks where you need to be most effective and then improving your efficiency at those activities.
Here are some of the most important principles to help you do this.
- #1 The Pareto’s Principle – It’s the 80/20 Rule – What 20% of the activities give me 80% of the results? Which of my activities and habits require a ton of effort but the outcomes aren’t significant at all? Am I making my life much harder than it needs to be by trying to be busy?
- #2 Via Negativa – Addition Through Subtraction – Hack away all the unessential things, activities, people, responsibilities and habits that are not serving you. If something’s not helping you, then it may potentially be harmful. What’s more, the more stuff you have in your life, the less quality attention you can dedicate to your most important things. Do you really need to have 10 pairs of shoes or go to the gym twice a day? You have to remove the downside before you add the positive as well – eat a healthy whole food based diet first before you start taking supplements – it won’t work.
#3 Avoid Decision Fatigue
The other danger next to being too busy is getting stuck in overthinking and paralysis by analysis.
There are so many decisions we can make on a daily basis – which brand is the best, where to buy our food from, what YouTube video to watch and on and on.
Decision fatigue may lead you to a situation, where you accidentally make a bad decision because you’ve drained all of your willpower and rationality on trivial decisions.
To avoid that, you need to Create automatic routines and habits that would allow you to make easy decisions fast without spending cognitive energy on them.
For instance, what clothes to wear, what foods to eat, how much time to allocate to certain tasks. You can apply the Via Negativa principle here and hack away the 80% unnecessary decisions and focusing on the 20% that will give you 80% of the results.
Sounds complicated, but basically, do more of what works for you and don’t do the things that don’t work.
#4 Optimize your health
Eat nutritious foods that give you more energy.
An inflammatory diet with a lot of sugar, and bad fats will hinder your thinking and it’s going to stress you out even more. Your gut will be inflamed and you won’t even muster enough self-awareness to notice that you’re heading in the right direction.
Constantly putting out fires inside your gut and in your to-do-list prevent you from taking a step back and looking at the effectiveness of your ways.
You should also exercise to promote vitality and vigor not to just burn off extra calories so you could eat more. Working out is great, but you have to remember that doing something will prevent you from doing something else.
#5 Create a Daily Routine to Be Less Busy and Be More Productive
- There is always the right and the best time to do anything.
- You perform differently during the day.
- There’s the circadian aspect of your biology
- You’re sometimes dependent on the schedules of other people.
That’s why it’s a great idea to structure your daily schedule according to the effectiveness of your abilities and time. You’re the one who’s in control of your routine so you should make it fun. Know your strengths and weaknesses and know what you need to do.
The importance of having a morning and daily routine cannot be stressed enough.
High-level performers need to maximize their efficiency while still being effective. It’s about doing the right things as well as possible.
I have created a morning routine course that teaches you different strategies for increasing your energy, mindfulness and time management so that you could be both effective as well as efficient – the golden sweet spot.
Why Can’t I Stop Being Busy?!
At the same time, you can’t expect to just STOP BEING BUSY because that’s the reason you’re busy in the first place – you’ve reached a point of complete overwhelm where you’re getting dragged down into a sandpit.
Maybe it’s not your fault – maybe you have other responsibilities like a family or a job, but maybe it is…maybe you haven’t invested enough time and energy into learning how to manage yourself and how to manage your time.
Instead of blaming your circumstance or putting the responsibility on someone else, instead of that, you should take ownership of the fact that you can’t control your habits and you can’t stop being busy.
Luckily the solution is simple – you hit the brakes completely, take a moment to breathe and then re-evaluate everything you do, how you do them and identify what you need to do next.
My morning routine course is a perfect fit for doing just that but it will also help you to reclaim your peace of mind, conquer your goals while still having enough time to relax.