STOP wearing busy as a badge of honour!

Are you wearing ‘busy’ as a badge of honour?

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy! When was the last time you took a BREAK from all the busy-ness?

‘Gimme a break. Gimme a break. Break me off a piece of that kit kat bar! Have a break. Have a kit kat. ’

(Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers that jingle?!?)

When was the last time you slowed down, took a break, smelled the flowers?When was the last time you weren’t ‘busy’ ?

That word gets used a lot in my world.

I hear it as a response to ‘how are you?’ pretty often.

And I’ve used it as my own reply to ‘how are you?’ more times than I’d like to admit. 

But this past week, I was forced to do less. 

Spending much of my time in and out of hospital with my stepmum, I didn’t have a lot of time to be ‘busy.’

And you know what happened?

I still managed to get everything done that needed to get done. 

Maybe less IS more. 

We can get so caught up in the goings-on, the schedules, the to-dos, the calls, the emails, the messages, the texts, the FB comments, the notifications, the invites, the requests, the pings, the list goes on…

You could spend your entire day trying to stay on top of even SOME of these things, being busy, and still not get anything done!

It’s no wonder the keynote I gave recently at the Powerful Women Today conference really resonated with the audience, especially when I spoke about the fact we wear busy as a badge of honour. 

And it has to stop. 

I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy. Life is busy, I get it.

But does it HAVE to be that way?

Perhaps it may be time to take a step back, take a break, and re-evaluate. 

Here are some ideas to help get you started:

Get clear on your reality. 

It’s time to get honest with yourself. What areas of your life are you ‘busy’ where you don’t need to be? What do you need to let go of, get rid of, delete from your schedule or delete from your environment?

In order to change, you first need to get real about where you’re at. 

Look at all areas of your life. What is taking up too much time? Space? Energy? Stress? Then identify what you actually have to do, as opposed to what you can delay, delete, or delegate.

Get your HABITS on!

While I’ve been interested in habits for some time now, a few weeks ago while co-chairing the CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) Toronto Bootcamp, it really hit home. 

One of our experts was the incredible Hugh Culver ~ long-time speaker and productivity expert, he had some awesome insights on the power of what he calls ‘hero habits’ (check him out HERE.)

He lives his life by habits. And argues habits build our discipline, which in turn builds our willpower, which is turns helps us focus on our priorities and ultimately get more done!

What is ONE habit, that if you adopted today (or stopped today) would make the biggest difference in your life? A consistent bedtime? A regular morning routine? A set time for email checking as opposed to sporadically throughout the day? Choose one, and commit to taking it on.

Get a fresh start. 

This time of year is a great time to begin again. Spring (at least in Toronto!) is finally upon us. Time to start anew. And we can, whenever we want. YOU have the power!

It’s time to re-evaluate. What is working, and what isn’t? 

Perhaps it’s time to take a break from behaviours or commitments that are causing you more stress than good. 

Perhaps it’s time for some ‘spring cleaning’ ~ whether it’s physical clutter (going through closets and cupboards right now… purging feels good!) commitment clutter, or mental clutter. 

Perhaps it’s time to stop wearing busy as a badge of honour. To try on some new habits. To get a fresh start. 

If you’re ready to get less busy, and want some support in creating a plan of action, let’s book a call! I have a new and simple step-by-step process I’d love to take you through. 

And now, grab yourself a kitkat (or iced coffee, iced tea, ice cream cone…) and give yourself a break. 

Have a FAB week! And a FAB long weekend! 

Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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  1. Gabrielle says

    I try to take me days being busy all the time…the daycare….the store and the website…well you know how busy things can get…I have been putting aside a few days a week for doing something for me…well maybe one day….lol …this Wed I am going to Spring Ridge Lodge for yoga in the morning and painting in the afternoon…then next month I am going away for 10 days to Salt Lake City Utah….then in August I am going for 4 days to Algonquin Park so I have those months covered….what about you….Carol….

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