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Default to Busy, Female Founders & A Veteran’s Purpose

Weekly eNews Blog: November 6, 2017


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When asked what’s new, or how things are going, do you ever give the standard response: “I’m fine.  Just busy.”

If busy is not your default, please  STOP reading right now. There’s nothing more for you here.

But, if we’re being totally honest here, you’ll admit, begrudgingly, that more often than not you, too, fall victim to the Busy Default.

The truth is you’re not that busy.  No, really, you’re not.

So, this week we’re attempting to uncover why so many of us to default to being busy instead of engaged, open, or productive.

Time After Time
No, Cyndi Lauper, we’re ignoring your advice.  There are 168 hours in the week, most of which are spend doing somethings (and more things).  Yet, for many of us, when we finally reach Friday afternoon, we’re left scratching our heads wondering where the time went.  If this experience reads all too familiar then perhaps your Busy Default is a wake-up call to re-evaluate.

Are you simply spinning your wheels, or are you intentionally (and effectively) achieving your goals? 

As we enter the most wonderful (and busiest) time of the year, carve out some time amidst the holiday bustle to not only revisit your goals, but your daily, weekly and monthly strategy for achieving them.  Perhaps those few small steps are just what you need to get back on course.

Maybe your Busy Default is rooted in being reserved, shy, or just not into sharing your business with anyone.  While social media may trend otherwise, we’re not all scheming up the plot for a reality TV show.  And, no, a publicist on call is often out of the question.

But consider the opportunities we leave on the table by resorting to the Busy Default.  Not only do we clip the wings on the potential for fruitful or illuminating exchange, but we also limit the likelihood of finding new supporters for our work and other endeavors.  Next time, why not share what’s occupying your professional, personal and passion time?  The connections may surprise you.

Substance Over Stamina
Constantly racing against (or running from) the clock is hardly a recipe for success.  Stress, in small or big doses alike, has the power to rob both the quantity and quality of your time.  Think about it: time seems to move extremely slow, or really, really, really fast when you’re stressed.  Either way, stress can alters your sense of reality, which is probably not healthy.

Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive offers a striking call to action: “people should be paid for their judgment, not their stamina.”

You need not master the art of meditating for hours on end.  But, maybe incorporating simple habits like taking a walk, getting more sleep, or adopting a mindful moment into you day may be the right combination of restorative practices to take bake the value of your time.


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