In this second VLOG in our series around busyness, we will talk about some of the additional excuses or reasons why people feel that they can’t stop this treadmill of busyness. The story we attach to busyness detracts from our ability to be focused and productive. When it comes to recognition, it’s important for us to be able to notice the greatness that is happening all around us and take the time to acknowledge it in the moment. That’s tough to do when we’re on overwhelm mode. What we’re talking about this week is some additional excuses so that you can see if you may fall into this trap from time to time. And believe me, I’m sharing stuff with you that I have to catch myself on all the time. This first one I have to catch myself on a daily basis.
1. Consuming too much information
It’s an age of “infobesity,” as Sam Horn calls it. There’s just so much information we’re exposed to every day and yet, do we need it all? Is it adding value to our lives? To others’ lives? Sometimes we’re passive consumers but it’s not fueling our greatness. Do you have any parameters or limits on how much information is enough? Or how much time-consuming information is sufficient? Whether it is just entertaining information or it’s actually relevant information to your career and life, it’s still ideal to have some parameters so there is some breathing space. That we don’t fill up every spare second.
2. Lack of feedback
Another roadblock is that we have a lack of feedback happening in our organizations and in our lives. If people are giving us feedback in a timely way, for example, difficult conversations, performance feedback, performance metrics and other things that help us to determine if we’re doing a good job, it anchors us to what is working and what is not. And it anchors us all to the same priorities. When we don’t have the information that we need then we just keep doing what we’re doing. And yet we may feel we need to do even more to ensure we are hitting the mark. It’s like throwing spaghetti against a wall and seeing what sticks. What feedback do you need? What feedback are you giving? And what needs to change so there’s more reciprocal feedback on what is most important?
3. Lack of celebrating achievements
Are we taking the time to celebrate? Do you or your organization just move onto the next thing without celebration, measuring outcomes and evaluating what has been learned along the way? I just came from working with a really cool organization where they had a milestone celebration. They were really early in their project and yet this first milestone was huge and they took the time to reflect on what is working so far. That is the concept I talked about in past blogs called positive deviance. When we know what’s working well, we can keep building on it rather than getting distracted by all the things that we haven’t yet done or that aren’t working so well. When you focus on things that give you ease, the things that you know how to do, your strengths, what’s working well, that’s positive deviance, it allows you to keep building on that place. You will discover so much more energy as opposed to trying to always be something that you are not.
So maybe some of these things you can resonate with so that it’s not that feeling you have too much on your plate and can remove some things. If you’ve got some feedback, if you manage the information that you are ingesting, you’ll be able to focus on the most important things that you already do.
What are some of the other reasons for busyness and what suggestions do you have? Please share them in the comments section. Let’s find solutions and strategies together.