Frequently in meetings that I attend and also from the clients that I work with, I hear the words, ‘I am just so busy. No time to do this. No time to do that. Just busy, busy’. Often these words are proudly proclaimed – it is as if some people feel that they need constant work and activity to make them feel worthwhile.
Over the past few weeks, in the news and highlighted on various television programmes, there has been much said on the subject of mental health and anxiety. The constant rushing around, chasing after goals, pushing to get things done quicker, working to get a full diary, playing harder for fear of missing out, appears to frequently be resulting in people being exhausted, burnt out, and anxious. Being constantly busy creates an overwhelming stream of information, which an already over-worked brain has to process.
We all need breaks and if it is hard to get breaks, then schedule them into your diary. We need to start viewing rest and recuperation as being just as important as busyness. I love the phase ‘I need rest to be my best‘.
When I hear people say, ‘I’ve been meaning to do that for months. I just don’t have the time. I wish I had the time because then I would do it’. I just think, ‘Why didn’t you just put it in your diary? Schedule that time in, and once it is in the diary, don’t move it’. It’s all about time management and making your diary work for you. Time management is the No 1 subject that my clients come to me with and it is a subject that I thoroughly enjoy working on, as the changes can be immediate.