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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.

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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