Friday, 4 April 2014

Food for thought: Being busy will not necessarily bring you success

Hello Giants

My boyfriend sent me this email yesterday... I literally thought it was insightful and a real eye opener. I don't know where he got it from but it must be from somewhere. These are not mine or his own words, if anyone knows where this comes from please let me know. Hope it helps you guys too.

This is what it said:
"It is a fact that the most successful people in the world aren't busy. Success and busyness are not related. Have you noticed how people feel so guilty when they aren’t busy, and how they often try to look busy? Just about everyone likes to be busy or prefers it that way. We all have to change that life pattern.
In our minds we seem to confuse being busy with achieving. Our efforts to keep busy seem to be replacing our drive to be successful. Perhaps we feel that if we keep busy, at some point our efforts will magically bring success. Or perhaps we keep ourselves busy to take our minds off thinking about other things. 'Busy' is one of today's most overused words. We hear all the time, 'I’m too busy,' or 'I don’t have time.' How often do you actually achieve results while you are busy? Not too often. Switch your focus from being busy to being productive, so that you can accomplish more, see tangible results and have time for fun. Most of us dream of a calm, peaceful and successful life, which is quite the opposite of a busy life.

Being busy is what happens when we find ourselves adrift from what really matters in our lives. Being busy is what happens when we find ourselves working to the values and goals of others.

Keeping busy takes people away from their own thoughts and visions. It takes them away from working toward their own success or purpose. Busy people have little time to consider ‘the big picture’, they are busy working on a little piece of a puzzle without knowing where or whether it fits.

What happens when we are busy?
- We stop talking to people.
- We stop listening to others.
- It takes time away from other important things.
- It takes time away from other important people in our lives.
- It negatively effects our health.

Tao master, Chuang-tse, tells this interesting story ... There was a man who disliked seeing his footprints and his shadow. He decided to escape from them, and he began to run. But as he ran along, more footprints appeared, while his shadow easily kept up with him. Thinking he was going too slowly, he ran faster and faster without stopping, until he finally collapsed from exhaustion and died. If he had only stood still, there would have been no footprints. If he had only rested in the shade, his shadow would have quietly disappeared.

For all of us, it is easy to fall into the trap that says, 'Because I’m busy and a hard worker, I’m productive and will be successful.' This is not true. Not everything we do will lead to success. Covey showed me that success isn’t about doing enough things. Success is about doing enough of the right things.

Let’s take a look at what we can start doing today so we can increase our productivity and become more successful:

- Start everything knowing what you want to have achieved by the end of it.
- Always do the highest priority things first.
- Focus on the important stuff, not the urgent.
- Focus on one task at a time until it is done. Stop multitasking, it reduces productivity and increases stress levels.
- Manage your email and social media more effectively. Constantly interrupting tasks to check emails and social media reduces productivity. Set times during the day for checking email and social media.
- Take regular breaks throughout the day. People who take regular breaks throughout the day actually do better quality and more productive work.
- Learn to say 'no' more. Many people often find it difficult to say no to things, even if it impacts on their own priorities. It’s okay to say 'no'. It will stop you taking on less important stuff at the cost of your priorities.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 
four sharpening the axe. - Abraham Lincoln "
Peace. Happiness. Love.

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