Seriously. You are not that busy. Neither am I. I hear all of the time that people are busy. I have learned something from myself. I am not that busy. I am just a really bad manger of my time! I want you think I am busy because that seems cool. I mean, all of the cool kids seem like they are busy.
There are times when things are crazy. Times of 21 days in a row on the road. Times of planes, trains, and automobiles. Sure, I am in the middle of launching a new outreach program, compiling one book, writing another, being chased with another book idea in my ADD brian, rebranding several websites, developing curriculum to go with our school assemblies, traveling and speaking sometimes 4 times in a day, and trying to be a good husband. I am not that busy.
I really learned that I was not that busy when I emailed marketing and publishing genuis Seth Godin. I sent him an email thinking it would be weeks (if ever) that I would hear back from him. I was wrong. In about 12 hours, I received an email from him answering my question and offering his encouragement. Then I noticed this at the bottom of the email [sent from Kitale, Kenya, with very little internet access. Forgive me if I’m a poor correspondent this week] Not only did one of the people who I look up to and respect email me back the same freakin day, but he did it from a third world country!
If we are honest, the only thing that IS busy is our egos are working overtime. I have been so guilty of this. I want you think that I am busy. I have a ton to do this week: deadlines, meetings, speaking, travel, and writing. But, I must find the time to stop and focus on the things that matter.
Yesterday Bob Goff spoke at our church. My head is spinning and my heart is reeling from his message. He said something about his “To do list”. 1. Love God. 2. Love People. 3. Do Stuff. If I am honest with you I have gotten lost in the wrong stuff. In my world we have meetings about meeting to plan meetings. We plan to do stuff. I am over it. I am ready to skip the talking, planning, and plotting and just do. The biggest thing that gives me the illusion of busyness is the wrong stuff.
So don’t be offended if you want to talk about doing stuff and I am “busy” but if you want to really do stuff, I am ready to clear the decks and do stuff. We may fail, but I would rather fail doing than just being too busy to actually do anything.
Most of us say we are too busy to make our dreams reality. We buy our own hype that we just have too much going on. Mark Cuban had some pretty brilliant wisdom when he said, “Never follow your dreams. Follow your effort. It’s not about what you can dream of. That’s easy. It’s about whether or not it’s important enough to you to do the work to be ready to be successful”
So here is my thought for today, slow down. Get off the hamster wheel of the illusion of business. Skip the meeting and go do. You will be less busy if you are just doing.