Turning Being Busy into the Art of Doing

I am an open addict of a website/social media app called Pinterest.  Months ago I found the image below that struck me, literally stopped me in my tracks.

The day I saw this post was one that my to do list was triple its usual size and my outlook calendar was stacked from 7am to midnight with every colorcode in sight.  I was busy.

It was then that I started to reflect upon the use of my time and considered what and why certain items were even on my list.  I wore my ability to get things done as a badge of honor.  But I also I began to realize combining the act of doing with being extremely busy can be risky.

When done right,  “The Art of Doing” is accomplished with a dose of strategic time management, along with stress management.  But having a planner and a monthly spa day won’t cut it alone.  Being busy as part of your lifestyle cuts deeper   We cannot simply rely on having full calendars and crossed off lists to feel fulfilled.  I found, in order to ‘Stop the glorification that is being busy” I needed to do a few things:

  • Whatever I commit to, do it and do it well.
  • Let go of the fear of saying no.
  • Be protective of my body, mind & spirit.
  • Spend time around people that lifted me higher.

In crafting this plan, I took a ME-day.  This was one Sunday on my own that I could clear my head, set out my priorities and try to understand some recent sticking points between being busy and doing.   I literally had to put the breaks on my speeding racecar and STOP being busy.  At least for one day.

If you find yourself maxed out, running on empty and spinning your wheels in place, then consider crafting your own Art of Doing action plan.

5 Responses to Turning Being Busy into the Art of Doing

  1. Danielle McLemore March 1, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    I agree 100%
    In order to appreciate all of your accomplished goals, you need to have a day to sit down and relax and admire everything you’ve done.
    I wish I was more like that. I’m more laid back and let “Jesus take the wheel” kind of person. But I some how find myself very stressed and worried all the time, but I slowly progress to get things done.

    • josieahlquist March 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Danielle and i LOVED your country song quote “jesus take the wheel’ reference. Sometimes you need that too.

  2. Lori March 1, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    So interesting you post this, Josie. I was doing my morning chores just yesterday and thinking of you and your (what appears from the outside) full speed life. After having lived on several reservations for the past decade, I have slowed down in every way of my life, mostly forced in the beginning. We Americans respect and admire those who are always doing and going hard and fast. However, now that I have lived both lives there is so much to cherish for slowing doing and paying attention to the moment. Those moments are so much fuller and enjoyable, sort of like really experiencing a great meal, rather than wolfing down your food. I was sending you heart love to really savor your life for the experiences, not for the check marks off your list. Balance is so sweet and challenging. psst, you can use those boxes to put your feet up on, once in a while. <3

    • josieahlquist March 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Lori, so great to hear from you! My Wyoming work ethic is something I am extremely proud of, but also something I have to manage. Keep in touch 🙂


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