We all know that one person who is always busy, who when reports back, has nothing much to talk about what they were busy doing. So what were they doing while they were busy all that time?! They were busy… being busy — for the sake of being busy.
That’s not being busy. Being busy is when you’re doing an activity or task that adds value to you or the people around you in one way or another.
Being smart or “proper busy” is being busy working on the right things, that create value, instead of the wrong things, that don’t. If you are busy working on things that don’t create any value for you or the people around you, those tasks or activities, in simple terms are, a waste of time, therefore, do not do them. Either delete them or delegate them; just you don’t do them.
Spend your time on value-adding activities or tasks, that will help you in buying that house, securing that job, starting that business or whatever else. Do not ever come away from a task not having either (a) learned something or (b) created any value. If you come away not having achieved any of these two things, then you have just wasted an amount of your finite time on this planet for no reason, that you will never, ever be able to get back, ever.
There is an opportunity cost in all of this; if you’re spending your time being busy on something that doesn’t create value for you or the people around you, you’re losing the opportunity to do something that does and when it does come around for you to do something that does create value, you’re always a step behind because you initially wasted your time! So don’t make the bad decision of doing something that doesn’t give you any value.
Fair enough, we all need a bit of down time, to watch the odd cat video, but that’s not being busy, that’s relaxing.
Don’t be busy being busy.