If you know the feeling of being busy all too well, understand that you’re not alone. According to Author Lissa Rankin, M.D., there are even people who are addicted to being busy. In fact, she states that men, women, and children can sometimes hide behind a busy schedule as a way to avoid feeling discomfort and dissatisfaction with their lives. They can sometimes wear this busyness as a badge of honor that raises their self-worth and self-importance.
The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Busyness
If you’re like the rest of us, you’re probably so busy at times that you neglect one or more of your needs: physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, and/or financial needs.
Most of us could use a few pointers that make the busiest days, weeks, and months of the year less daunting. If you feel like you can’t cram one more thing into your schedule despite being asked to, rest assured that we can help. You might want to consider everything from surprising insights on efficiency, to evaluating why you’re saying yes to new obligations in the first place, to figuring out how to spend time with your family doing more of the things you want to do and less of the things you don’t.
Self-Care and the Busy Person
I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that being physically and mentally healthy can help you get things done effectively when you’re busy, and help you better enjoy your time when you’re not. That means engaging in good self-care practices that ensure your ability to keep up with your current schedule. Although it may be impossible at times to squeeze a few more minutes out of your day, always do your best to pencil in “me time”.
Streamline, Simplify, and Delegate
Other things you can do to make your life easier as a busy person is to simplify tasks whenever possible. Using phone apps to take care of bank deposits and transfers is one simple example. You’ll also want to ask yourself, “How can I streamline as many tasks as possible?” since that’ll help you accomplish more in less time.
Whenever possible and available to you – delegate. Find someone you trust who is capable of helping you out. With a busy schedule like yours, you can preserve your sanity by having one less thing to worry about.
Talk About What You’re Feeling*
The best solution for busy men, women, and children is to focus on communication. It’s important for people to be able to speak their minds, air their grievances, and ask for support or guidance when needed. Scheduling regular time to sit down with a counselor is ideal because it allows you to productively deal with complex emotions and reframe your thinking about them. It also allows you to work through conflicts with loved ones.
*Couples and family counseling services are offered at all of our locations.