Not too long ago, when you were exchanging pleasantries with friends or family, and the question of "how are you?" came up, the common answer was "fine". Today, however, most people are likely to say "busy". Why is that?
The answer is simple. In this day and age, most of us make it a point to overbook ourselves. Our work lives are filled with meetings, our family lives are filled with activities, and our social lives are filled with events. How often have you arrived at an event and stated: “I have three parties today, so I can only stay for an hour”. You fulfill your obligations in theory, yet you are never really there.
When is the last time you have truly relaxed, taken your time, and enjoyed yourself? My guess is that it has been quite some time.
The same goes for productivity. Are you doing your very best work, or are you getting “stuff done”? Your daily or weekly checklist may be complete, but your heart and soul has not been in any of the tasks that you once completed with pride (and even enjoyment).
It’s true – life occurs at a much faster pace today. As professionals, we work longer hours due to the fact that we are always connected. More families have dual incomes, which means dual career responsibilities and travel schedules. Fewer vacation days are being taken. According to a 2017 national survey completed for the AFL-CIO, working people are taking fewer vacation days and working more.
As parents, we have our children involved in every activity we can think of. Weekends are no longer for sleeping in and planning a family fun day – they are booked weeks in advance with soccer games, dance recitals, band practices, and more.
As friends, we try to attend every birthday party, bachelor/bachelorette party, or shower that we are invited to – sometimes all on the same day.
This leaves little time to unwind, and it is taking a toll on all of us.
You are likely nodding and saying that this sounds familiar, or you are shaking your head in denial, and assuring yourself you have it all under control.
Consider this - have you ever experienced any of the following?
Do any of these behaviors sound familiar? How about all of them? We have mastered juggling our lives so well, that we have become unproductive when it comes to what should matter the most: ourselves, our family, and our friends.
Having more to do DOES NOT equal more productivity.
Unlearning all of the habits you have created in your fast-paced, digital world, takes planning, effort, and the desire to be present – for yourself and others. Your time is your most valuable commodity, don’t waste it on trivial priorities!
Our world is full of uncertainty and negativity. Don’t wait for something tragic to happen before you realign your priorities.
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