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Am I Too Busy? Am I stuck in the “Busy Trap”?

Being too busy is a trap. Multi-tasking is not a panacea.

Are you stuck in the Busy Trap?

I often ask myself when I’m feeling stuck if I’m just too busy. Is this busyness even necessary or worthwhile? Probably not. It’s part of what I call the “Ryan’s Steakhouse” syndrome. What I mean is that our eyes get too big and we stuff our plates with way too much too do. The simple truth is that I know I feel better about myself and am much more productive when I am less busy. But, it’s so so hard to do. My mind and body have become trained to always be on the go. My little voice in my head seems to chirp up on the weekends when I sit down with a book (I have gotten hooked on reading books on my iPad – so much easier on my eyes) and just chill out for hours.

When I was younger I don’t remember being so busy. I have a memory of seeing how many times I could hit a ping pong ball against a wall in my basement without missing or going crazy. (I think I got into the thousands before being called to dinner).

My point in todays blog is that being too busy is another way of getting stuck in your business. If you are too busy, then you probably aren’t thinking and being proactive. You are probably just doing and being reactive.

 

For a absolutely great read on this subject I recommend a recent article in the New York Times by Tim Kreiter – The Busy Trap

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Joel Goobich is a big-picture guy with sharp insight into how individual parts make a strong whole. He has 30+ years of entrepreneurial endeavors; starting, building and exiting businesses. He is tireless in the pursuit of solutions to boost your business and put you on a track to a profitable transition and exit to your next act.