So many people believe that being busy is equal to being successful, but if we really think about it, is busy a good thing?
Being busy has become a social status symbol. If someone isn’t busy then it means they’re not important, or needed. But is this truly the case?
We all know that if we don’t have enough downtime this can lead to stress and burnout. If we are too ‘busy’ then this naturally means we won’t have the time out we desperately need.
Today I want to challenge you to think about whether you really WANT to be busy.
Ask yourself whether you are spending your time doing ‘busy work’ or ‘effective work’. Do you feel ‘fulfilled and rested’ or ‘stressed and burnout’? If it’s the latter then now is your chance to make some changes to regain control and stop being so busy.
Most people will find that before they go on holiday they are their most productive at work. They somehow manage to tie up loose ends, finish everything on their to-do list and then take that time off away from the office. This is because they; don’t procrastinate, eliminate distractions, focus on tasks that will have the most impact and work to their set timescales.
All of these principles can be applied in your everyday working life to achieve more during your working day, giving you the chance to take a break and stop being so busy!
So the next time you ask someone how they are and they reply, “busy!” you can smile to yourself knowing that you are effective, not busy.
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Step 1 – Take responsibility for your development
Taking ownership of your own development is the key to success. Once you have made the decision to grow and learn you will become unstoppable.
Scheduling in time for your own development helps to keep you on track and will enable you to plan your trajectory to high performance.
During my time as a PA I would schedule 1 hour per week to work on my own development. The work I did would vary from goal setting to reading articles, but each activity I chose was because it helped me to grow in my role.
It’s easy to drop this time when you get really busy, but it’s critical you don’t. If you’re serious about becoming high performing this is where it starts – making time to develop yourself.
Step 2 – Find some help
Once you’ve taken the decision to grow you’ll need to find some supporters; because going it alone is hard work.
A key element of my success was to work with a mentor/coach. I was fortunate that my Exec worked with a business coach who, when I approached them, offered to also provide me with coaching.
After getting the OK from my Exec, who fully supported my development, I began to meet with my coach regularly to talk through my goals, look at areas where I could really stand out and any difficulties I was facing.
Of course it’s not always easy to find someone you trust who can consistently support you in this way. That’s why I set up The Real World PA!
If you are ready to take ownership of your development and would like to work with a coach then take a look at the coaching services available >>here<< on therealworldpa.com.