Busy is for fools




Last week I wrote about being stuck and deciding that it is ‘okay’ to be a blank canvas with lots of possibility – knowing that something will emerge.

Rather than beating myself up for having ‘nothing to say’.

In coaching, we call this ‘re-framing’.  (Or in this case you could say I chose to have my glass half full rather than half empty).

What emerged was of course that I’d forgotten the bleedin’ obvious.

  1. My best ideas don’t come when I’m sitting at my desk
  2. My best ideas don’t come when I’m trying too hard
  3. My best ideas don’t come when I’m overwhelmed and overloaded ; working non-stop from dawn to dusk
  4. My best ideas don’t come when I’m multitasking; trying to do too many things at once and none of them very well
  5. My best ideas need time to breathe.  To percolate a little.  To develop and grow

Good ideas, great productivity and best work are NOT helped by busyness.

Here’s the thing.  Busyness is not your friend.  It might make you feel indispensable, clever,  important,  powerful…..but I can guarantee that a busy fool is not doing his or her best work.

Too many people wear busyness as a badge of honour.  (I’m a reformed ‘busy fool’ – or at least I’m work in progress…..)

If your team is following your example they are not doing their best work either.

So what to do about it?

More on that next time.