I’m so busy I must be important

Are you the ‘busy one’ that everyone wants a piece of?  Are you constantly saying “Yes I can!”,  “No problem, I’ll get right on to it”, and “Sure, I’d be happy to do it”? Well, me too. I’ve always been busier than a bee. And, let’s be honest, it feels great to be so productive and so trustworthy that all your friends, peer and bosses turn to you to get things done. But this level of hyper-productivity and constant hectic pace comes at a cost. You end up in a  constant state of agitation. Family time and downtime get shunted so you can honour your commitments. You feel guilty when you slow down because you’ve got things to do and a reputation to uphold. You think its normal and good to wake up earlier and earlier, go to bed later and later, cancel recreation time, postpone sleep and operate full-tilt 24/7. Well…let me tell you – it isn’t good, it isn’t fun, and it definitely is not sustainable.

The major problem with being in the “Hurry Up Habit” is that you’ll keep doing more until a major intervention (e.g. heart attack, divorce, depression, retrenchment) stops you in your tracks.

So, how do we break the dreaded “Hurry Up Habit”? We simply “slow down”. Yep, slow down! we copy the famous “slow movement” revolution sweeping Europe. The slow movement advocates a cultural shift to slowing down life’s frenetic pace. It was started in 1986 by Carlo Petrini who protested against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Rome’s beautiful Piazza di Spagna. He saw “fast food” as ruining good food and good company, so he created the “slow food” movement. That expanded to become the “slow movement” which rebels against the idea that faster is always better. It’s not about doing less, or doing things at a snail’s pace though. It’s about doing everything at the right speed.

The major problem with being in the “Hurry Up Habit” is that you’ll keep doing more until a major intervention (e.g. heart attack, divorce, depression, retrenchment) stops you in your tracks.

There is a plethora of studies that confirm working faster is not better for you or your business. One great article by Ray Williams in Psychology Today argues that working longer hours is simply not more productive. He cites a study using the productivity app ‘DeskTime” which found the most productive employees didn’t work longer hours than others. In fact, they rarely worked the full 8 hours. Instead, “What they did is to take regular breaks (17 minutes for every 52 minutes of work)”.  C’mon guys, its science! Its time to retire your Hurry Up Habit.

Remember how I said that only a major intervention can stop those with a Hurry Up Habit? Well, that was true for me. I was so addicted to the adrenaline rush of being hyper-productive the universe actually gave me a lesson by breaking my leg! It was smashed to bits. No more pushing the accelerator for me. Literally. It was the leg/foot I use for the car accelerator so the message to slow down was slammed into me.

Even then, I didn’t listen!  That Hurry Up Habit was so ingrained that like a stubborn fool I just worked a way around this debilitation. I kept flying around the country every fortnight, doing my WonderWoman “Yahoos!” until two of my caring teamsters held an intervention meeting with me. When friends, family and co-workers get that concerned…you listen. But it doesn’t have to be the same with you. Steal my hard-won wisdom and slow down today.

The best and easiest way to start you on your Hurry Up and Slow Down journey is to “bookend” your day. At the start of each day take ten minutes of quiet time to write a small but potent list of To Do’s. Make sure they are S.M.A.R.T goals and make sure they bring some fire to your belly. Then at the end of each day take ten minutes of quiet time to write a small but potent list of Thank Yous. Research has proven that keeping a gratitude journal results in a marked increases in determination, attention, enthusiasm and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003 – Psychology Today).

The best and easiest way to start you on your Hurry Up and Slow Down journey is to “bookend” your day.

So, it’s time to trash the bright shiny badge that says “I’m so busy I must be important” and replace it with a badge that says “Life’s too important to be busy”. Start today!

If you liked this article you’ll love my ebook. Its free, easily downloadable, and choc full of practical tips in how to Hurry Up and Slow Down.  Tis below!

http://colourmehappy.net.au/freebies/ebook_hurry-up-and-slow-down.pdf

Chillaxingly!

Julie

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