Source | LinkedIn : By Patrick Leddin
Do you keep a ‘to do’ list?
If so, there’s a pretty good chance that you enjoy checking items off of your ‘to do’ list?
In fact, you may even suffer from a certain disorder (I know that I suffer from it) that causes you to add things you’ve already done to your ‘to do’ list so you can check them off.
Tracking activities and marking items off of your list are great habits. However, you need to watch out for the “Busyness Trap”. This trap is where you become addicted to being busy and miss the chance to strive for significance.
Have you fallen into the ‘Busyness Trap”? Perhaps you can relate to one of these scenarios. If so, your busyness alarm should be going off:
- Your driving home after a long week at work and think to yourself, I was really busy this week, but what did I accomplish that truly mattered?
- You are burned out from the tremendous amount of energy it takes just to get through the day. The work is keeping you busy, but it isn’t relighting or refueling your fire.
- You catch yourself talking a lot about what you are working on, but struggle to identify key things that you have taken over the finish line. Perhaps the line keeps moving…
Busyness can be costly. It consumes time, energy, and motivation with little concern over how these resources are expended. It also steals your ability to invest in four key areas:
1. Invest in Pondering
Sometimes you need to stop and put things into perspective. Find a quiet spot and take time to reflect on an issue, project, or goal. Ask yourself questions like
- Why are we doing this?
- What do we really hope to achieve?
- What type of leader do I want to be?