I’ve had a lot on at work recently. As a result I’ve caught myself saying ‘I don’t have time’.
This is one thing that I’ve worked hard at not saying. The same with, ‘I’m too busy’.
I got reminded of this when I saw this post by Kristin Tucker on LinkedIn: Please stop with “I’m too busy”.
Kristin sees busyness as an ‘error in perspective’. We know that quantity does not always equal quality. We might have a lot on but that does not mean we are doing it well.
I had a lot to do. I had too much on. I knew that I wasn’t producing the results that I wanted to. I wouldn’t say I was any more busy though. I was just trying to do more stuff in the same amount of time. I was doing it less well. So what did I do about it? I told my line manager and we worked out a plan to reduce the workload. I was honest and said that I wasn’t happy with the quality of work I was able to produce.
Yep – I’m privileged to have a supportive line manager who was already aware of the issue and didn’t expect miracles when I was trying to juggle so much.
All we end up doing when trying to juggle so many things is drop them.
We need to recognise and reflect on what we’re doing and how we’re coping. Be honest with ourselves. I don’t like not being able to do something, so I can be quick to agree to adding more to my plate. I’m starting to learn to say ‘no’, or at least a tentative ‘yes’ with an explanation of that tentativeness.
Kristen makes 3 points about what ‘I’m too busy’ can say to others:
- I’m busy = I’m important.
- I’m busy = I’m giving you an excuse.
- I’m busy = I’m winning.
I don’t want to portray any of these messages.