In the last post I outlined how important connections were to all of us, yet how busy leaders are with all the demands and tasks they experience everyday.
Actions need to be small yet significant. Actions are strengthened when we leverage relationship or connections. I call this the WE(E)-Factor. These factors are simple, not necessarily easy, yet they can yield significant results. I was fascinated with Dr. Edward Hallowell’s book: CrazyBusy. He offers strategies for coping in a world gone ADD and advice for those of us who feel overstretched, overbooked and about to snap.
According to Dr. Hallowell a major contributor to Crazybusy is the rush, gush, blather, and worry. Everything has to happen right now, so much is happening, we are overloaded with information and clutter, and we worry that we are missing something. For example, I typed the word “help” into Google. The search found 2,770,000,000 results 0.03 seconds! I need help as it would take me about 5,000 years to view every hit if I was to work 24 hours every day and only stay with each site for a minute. Now that’s crazy and I sure would be busy.
Dr. Hallowell does not suggest we go back in time, rather we must use the forces of crazybusy in the service of what matters most to us. He stated on page 43: In this era, you must deliberately preserve and cultivate your most valuable connections to people, activities, and whatever else is most important to you. Dr. Hallowell offers a number of ideas and practices to overcome crazy busy yet here is the central solution:
Make sure you do what matters most to you.
- Determine what matters the most to you.
- Stay connected to what matters most to you.
- When you begin to feel crazybusy again return to number 1 and 2!
- Still crazybusy, read Dr. Hallowell’s book for additional perspective and actions.