I believe, we have passed the stage where the simple solution – learn to say no – is enough. Let’s be honest, for most of us, we’re busy with important things! Things that aren’t optional and definitely, cannot be pushed to the side.
Where we find ourselves, as a society, is treading dangerous waters!
What is the solution?
Don’t get me wrong! It’s good for us all to learn to say no. But what I am saying, is that it is time to up our game, choose a little wiser and focus on the things that really matter.
I believe it is time for us to master the art of balancing busyness in order for us to live meaningful lives because wishing the work week away in order to rest over the weekend, simply is not enough!
I believe we need to define our values as a couple and set a president for the life we want to live, in order for us to stick to it.
It’s time to define the meaning of success in order for us to determine the standard we want to set for ourselves and for our children.
Balancing Busyness @ Work
All of the above is great, but let’s get down to some practical things we can implement right now in our work environment. If we get this right, right now, we will benefit in the long run.
1. Define your career ambitions.
We really need to have a hard and long look at what we want in our careers.
We cannot have it all. So, if you want to climb the corporate ladder in
2. No Comparisons
It’s time to stop comparing our lives with others. We have no idea what sacrifices the person next to us made in order to achieve what they have. There’s simply no time or space to try to keep up with the Jones’.
It is time to recognise and appreciate exactly what we have! Let’s celebrate the victories of the person next to us.
3. Schedule ‘down’ time in your work-week.
After a couple of hectic weeks at work, I scheduled a week, with little to no meetings as time to finalise admin- and paperwork. And you know what? It turns out, it was exactly what I needed.
Even the biggest extroverts need time to slow down and focus on the mundane tasks! Slowing down is good, it helps us to build momentum for the next project or hurdle.
4. Stop Strategizing!
What I wanted to say, is stay out of office politics. But let’s be honest, that goes without saying!
I’ve noticed, I have tried to strategise way too much over the past couple of weeks. To the benefit of the organisation to be fair.
But if we look at things in a completely black and white manner, the business will adjust when
the time is right it absolutely has to. Regardless of whether or not, you’ve taken the time to plan out every step of the way.
We need to learn to be patient with the process. (I am preaching to myself) Allow things to make a 360-degree turn.
Yes, you may notice the loop-holes in a flawed system! Raise your concerns, share your ideas and then let things go.
5. Stop taking responsibility of other people’s work.
By nature, I tend to take responsibility for a project. I like to exceed expectation. However, what I have learned, is that I can only do so much to drive the process.
Micromanaging the project or people isn’t an option, and often leads to overstepping boundaries.
Like I mentioned above, we need to learn to be patient with the process!
6. Find ways to Inspire yourself in your work environment.
We all need a break to grab a coffee at work, so why not take the time to speak to a person or choose a topic that inspires you, while you’re at it.
If you’re passionate about a subject field outside of your work sphere, ask to sit into a meeting or research the matter.
Allow your curiousity to lead you to ask the questions no-one dare ask.
7. Patience, In General
Personally, I find that I become very impatient with where I am in my career. This is probably because things haven’t turned out the way I wanted them too.
This makes me a little desperate for certain changes, especially relating to my career.
What I have learned, is that I need to be extremely wise with my next career move, especially now that I have defined my priorities and values in life.
The next opportunity may present itself in a month’s time? Or in a year. Regardless of when the opportunity presents itself, I need to make sure that I am mentally prepare and in a state of mind, where my heart and head works together, for the greater good of my family.
Do you believe it is enough to learn to say no?
I have believe we need to set firm boundaries before we’re in a place where we need to make a decision. I also believe there are little things we can do each day, to keep us from burning out and feeling totally overwhelmed by work.
What can you add to my list?