Advertising
Advertising

7 Ways To Avoid Being Busy for No Reason

7 Ways To Avoid Being Busy for No Reason

There is really no point in being caught up with the day-to-day drama of acting busy. Being more fulfilled, active and attaining results is not in how hard you work but actually in how smart you work. Rather than focusing on burning energy, focus on getting more results. When you start channeling your energy properly, you will become less busy and more fulfilled.

Here are seven ways you can stop avoid being caught in meaningless busyness:

Advertising

1. Emphasize what is important now

Most times we consume ourselves with things that are important but are not urgent, and sometimes we go for what is urgent and that is not important. Finding the right balance between the two pegs you picking what is important now and leaving the rest for later.

2. Have a schedule

Many people jump into activities like a bull chasing a prey. At the end, putting ourselves in so many activities could make us victims for the slaughter. The best way is to understand that there should be a routine or a schedule to organize your activities and make you prioritize. A schedule is a road map to make you function at your best or at your prime. For example, if you are spending seven hours to sleep at night, stick to that schedule. Once you start sticking to schedules and doing what you should do at the time you are meant to do it, you will start freeing up time and become more productive.

Advertising

3. Learn to say no

No matter how much you want to get yourself involved engaged into something it may not be worth your time and energy. A lot of things are not worth your attention. Learn to screen what you need to get involved in and those things you really need to ignore. Learn to say no. Spending your time and energy on tasks you actually care about makes your life much more fruitful than when you spread yourself too thin.

4. Do not multitask

It is easy to feel that you can get so much done by multitasking. But this could be a delusion. Our brain is wired not to focus on more than one thing at a time. You are only getting yourself unnecessarily busy and losing focus when you try to get so much done all at once.

Advertising

5. Focus on strategy rather than on expending energy

It is easy to get so bugged down that you run from task-to-task without setting aside time for thinking. Thinking and spending time with yourself affords you the opportunity to tap into your inner-self and develop strategy or processes that will make your job lighter.

6. Learn to delegate

It is so tempting to want to be involved in everything that comes our way. We cannot be a master of all. There is no harm in finding someone who can translate your intentions into actions. Delegate as much as possible so that you can free up space to do what will realize more goals.

Advertising

7. Know yourself and what works for you

Truthfully, we are all not the same. Some people can function at higher capacity and others may not. It is easy to cook up several guidelines and hope we all put it to heart so as to function better and be more productive. But it doesn’t always work this way. Rather than engage yourself all the time, know what works for you and tap into it. Do you function and work better at night or during the wee hours of the day? Learn to identify what works for you that will make you optimize your performance better rather than being caught in busyness.

At the end of the day, the benefit of maintaining your health should be enough reason to follow the reasons put before you from the above points. Look inwards and find a balance to expending energy and gaining more results for your work.

Advertising

Featured photo credit: http://www.pixabay.com via pixabay.com

More by this author

Casey Imafidon

Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

8 Reasons Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful 10 Habits Of People Who Are Highly Successful At Work How to Form Your Success Formula to Get Unstuck in Life 6 Things To Do Every Day To Ensure You Stick To Your Goals 13 Signs You’re A Pretty Quick Learner

Trending in Productivity

1 5 Values of an Effective Leader 2 How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them 3 The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work) 4 30 Practical Ideas to Create Your Best Morning Routine 5 Is People Management the Right Career Path for You?

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

Advertising

From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

Advertising

The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

Advertising

But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

Advertising

Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

More on Building Habits

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

Advertising

Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

Read Next