Busyness Best Served Productivity
Busyness is good and is better than having nothing to do. Being busy busy busy does not mean that you are productive. Many people fill their lives with all kinds of tasks and produce little outcome. Furthermore, they have little reward to the effort that went into the completion of those tasks. We need to really think about busyness. Putting a bunch on our plates may not be productive. Time and effort should be respected.
Something breaks down in the house and you want to fix it. You don’t know what you are doing and it takes a lot of time and effort failing and trying again. If your ego gratification comes from that, go ahead and do it. In the long run, you are better to hire someone to do it. You are able to learn from it so next time it won’t take you so long. Delegating to an outside individual would have been smarter. At the end of the day you are just one person and have only 24 hours in a day. It’s best to spend time on something with more meaning.
Reasons to Delegate
When we delegate, it means we leverage time from an outside source and we have the time and opportunity to increase the quality of our lives. There are several reasons to delegate and the first one is that you don’t want to do it.
We can be a pouty brat or look at it as something you don’t enjoy, something that needs to be done, and its not an issue of your character that you don’t want to do it. But if you can afford to have it delegated out, do it. You will then have time to do something meaningful.
Second reason is that there are tasks you shouldn’t do. Not because you are incompetent. It may not be the best use of your time. Time is precious and you have to prioritize and decide if it’s important to do it. You may be okay to do it but it may chew up too much of your time. and important things may have to be shoved to the side. A lot of people do that in marriages. They shove their spouse to the side.
My father spent half of his life in the garage. He was always fixing the cars and changing the oil. He was an accomplished chemical engineer at the top of his game. Hence, I rarely saw him or spent time with him. Neither did my mother. The outcome was an unhappy marriage.
Third reason to delegate is that you have no idea what you are doing. Examining all these reasons will make us more productive on a personal level. Looking at productivity from a business standpoint, please check out this article, 7 Strategies for Delegating Better and Getting More Done.
Examine your List
Look at your list of things you have to do for tomorrow. Next, put them in order of importance starting at the top. Then decide if you want to delegate by asking yourself the following questions:
- You don’t really want to do it, delegate it.
- It’s going to leave you time to do things that are more important, delegate it
- If the value of the task is very low, delegate it.
- You have no idea what you are doing, delegate it.
You will make your relationships better and reduce your stress and anxiety. What better reason to realize that busyness may not be all that it is cracked up to be in our lives.