Tame Your Busy (and Take Control of Your Life)

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. - Ferris Bueller

I love the advice from this wise, class-cutting, rebellious teen. It always comes to mind when I have to remind myself to tame my busy.

I'm not one of these #banbusy people. If you're busy with the right things, busy can be good.

If you use busy as an excuse for why you aren't getting to your higher level goals, busy isn't so good.

Tame Your Busy

That fast paced, task driven pursuit of whatever you hope to achieve can be draining and counter-productive.  [tweetherder]Busy is often a barrier to clarity and purposeful action.[/tweetherder]

When my clients first come to me they feel stuck, uninspired, and frazzled. Some are desperate for change. Many don't know where they want to be five years from now.

They are too busy with the day to day transactional stuff that comes with being an entrepreneur, parent, or professional.

OR

They are on the right path but are way too distracted by all the shiny things to notice.

I'm speaking from experience folks.

I'm no stranger to dialing a course into auto pilot and moving at a break neck pace to nowhere. It's taken me consistent practice over time to be able to pull myself out of the nose dive.

It starts with creating awareness around how you are feeling.

How do you feel when you're sucked into being over busy?

Panicky.

Nauseated.

Dizzy.

Overly Sensitive.

Slightly hysterical.

Fatigued - mentally and physically.

(If I've missed something, share it below in the comments!)

This weekend I was feeling just this way. As I sat in my big comfy chair reading and decompressing, I started to mind map ways to tame your busy. Ways you can live with greater clarity and control.

11 Ways to Tame Your Busy + Take Back Control of Your Life:

  1. Give yourself permission to press pause.
  2. Soothe your soul (i.e. take a bath, pick up a coloring book, hug your family, go for a walk).
  3. Connect with how you want to feel instead of how you do feel.
  4. Consider the problem is something else and that busy is a symptom.
  5. Remind yourself that when you say yes to others, you say no to yourself.
  6. Control what you can and let go of what you can't.
  7. Set a goal to incorporate more self care into your day/week/month.
  8. Instead of thinking about doing less, think about doing MORE of what brings you joy.
  9. People struggle with saying no. Reframe it. Instead of saying no, identify what is a HECK YES.
  10. Feeling overwhelm or busy is a choice.
  11. Identify the fear. What's stopping you from taming your busy? My guess is that it's FOMO (fear of missing out).

[tweetherder]When you tame your busy, you create the time, space, and energy to pursue your purpose.[/tweetherder]

How do you know it's time to tame your busy? What are the warning signs?

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