We are all the same amount of busy. 24 hours goes by the same for each and every one of us, every single day.
Many of you have heard me say something similar to this over the years.
Recently I read the following article in Harvard Business Review about this topic.
The article talks about the game of one-upmanship that occurs around complaining about being busy. Most of us have been part of one of these conversations at one point or another.
She also gives several tips on how to better manage your time that are very useful.
But I think the most important part is the spirit of the article.
Being the busiest is not some prize to be won. Not being able to meet the commitments you have made is not a prize to be sought after.
Organizing and planning your time to get your priorities accomplished is.
Having peace in knowing that you have managed your time and priorities well is.
The next time you are tempted to tell someone how busy you are, think. Think about what your real priorities are. Think about whether or not you are meeting them. And then talk about them instead.
Wouldn’t the conversation go much better if instead of talking about how busy we are we talked about the things in our lives that are truly meaningful?
Make it a great day.
PS – I found this post when looking through some of the old posts on the blog. It was posted in 2013.