“Hi, how’s it going?”
“Oh, I’m so busy I can’t think straight?”
“Hey, have you seen the latest movie?”
“Movie? Who has time for that?”
Have you heard those words from colleagues? Have you uttered those words yourself? Are you “too busy” to take care of yourself? To take a day off? To have a life? If that’s the case then you need to stop being “too busy.” There are times I have found, when working with clients, that they really aren’t as busy as they feel they are — they are simply overwhelmed and that leads to everything feeling as though it’s out of control.
Believe me, I know. I have been getting ready to head to the Women In The Pet Industry Network conference next week and have been feeling “too busy” all week. Why? Because as a business owner I know I need to get my work done ahead of schedule so that while I am at the conference I can concentrate on being there and being present. I don’t want to let client work slide, nor do I want to have to work during the conference and miss out on the networking and learning opportunities that happen at WIPIN.
What am I missing out on right now by being too busy? At the highest level, life in general. At the lower level, simply taking care of myself, taking care of Henrietta by making certain she gets the exercise that she needs and wants. Snuggle time on the couch with Calico Lucy when the work day is over. What can I do about it?
Once I am aware that I am in the “too busy” for everything mode?
I take a step back and look at my to-do list. Cross off those nonessential tasks and focus on what really needs to be done before I leave.
I also realize I am not going to Mars. I am going to a conference and there will be Internet connection. I can work in the morning and evening if need be. I am not going to be bereft of connectivity.
What can I do while I am away? If there are small client tasks that I can complete while I am gone, then I put those on a to-do list for later.
What can I reschedule to take care of once I get back? Do I need to get my oil changed in my car before I leave? Probably not. Can I bump a client call or two to the following week? Most likely, yes.
Am I really too busy for my family? Let’s face it I am going away for a week. Don’t I want to spend some time with my family before I leave? Am I really “too busy” for that? I think not.
Sometimes getting rid of the “too busy syndrome” is to take a good look at your to-do list then take steps to conquer the overwhelm of it and regain control!
What do you do to make yourself too busy before you attend a conference or go on vacation? How do you address it?