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With the everchanging pace of today’s workplace, leaders are as busy as ever. However, being busy can negatively affect what leaders care most about: effectiveness.

Here are ten things I learned from being too busy during the course of my executive leadership career.

  • Prioritization is critical: Being too busy can make it challenging to get everything done, so it’s important to prioritize tasks based on their level of importance and urgency.
  • Time management is crucial: Managing time effectively is essential when you’re busy. This includes setting realistic goals and deadlines, using a planner or calendar, and avoiding distractions.
  • Burnout is real: It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a busy life, but burning out can be a serious problem. Taking breaks and allowing yourself time to rest and recharge is essential.
  • Saying no is necessary: Knowing when to say no is essential when you already have too much on your plate. This includes declining invitations, requests, and projects that are not essential or do not align with your priorities.
  • Delegation can be helpful: If you have too much on your plate, it may be necessary to delegate some tasks to others who can help you get the work done.
  • Multitasking is not always effective: Trying to do too many things simultaneously can lead to decreased productivity and increased stress. Instead, focus on one task at a time and give it your full attention.
  • Flexibility is vital: Unexpected events can throw off your schedule despite the best-laid plans. It’s essential to be flexible and adapt to changes as needed.
  • Self-care is essential: Caring for yourself is critical, especially during busy times. This includes getting enough sleep, eating well, and making time for exercise and other activities that bring you joy.
  • Time for reflection is important: When you’re busy, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and forget about the bigger picture. Remember to reflect and consider if you’re on the right track.
  • Setting boundaries is important: Being too busy can lead to a lack of work-life balance. We discuss this often, but in reality, it is challenging to address. When we do not set boundaries between work and personal time, we risk sacrificing areas of life that are important to us.

Evaluate your level of busyness.

  • How busy are you on a scale of 1-10?
  • Which of the factors listed above would be most helpful for reversing course?
  • How committed are you to taking action to create lasting change in your life?

Being busy is only the beginning. It’s up to you to decide the time for change is now.

Schedule a complimentary breakthrough call today if you are serious about creating a leadership life you love and ending the struggle to constantly catch up.