How to Escape the ‘Too Busy Trap’ and Still Be Productive

Are we too busy?Recently I found myself telling someone I was ‘too busy.’ I had been busy, but admitting it made me stop and think. In our technology-driven world, packing our schedules, constantly communicating and never having enough time have become the norm. But are we too busy? And is it okay?

Being overly busy can take its toll on our health, our work, and our relationships, especially our relationship with God and our time with Him. If too many activities are squeezing out our time with Him, we may need to look at our priorities. I recently read this sobering quote by author and philosopher Dr. Dallas Willard. He wrote, “God will, generally speaking, not compete for our attention. If we will not withdraw from things that obsess and exhaust us into solitude and silence, He will usually leave us to our own devices.”

The following are some tips to help you avoid the ‘too busy trap’:

  • Look at the ‘Big Picture’
    Plan some time alone to reflect on your life, your goals and what is most important to you. List your priorities in order.
  • Review Your CalendarIn light of this, assess and if necessary revise your schedule. Are there activities you should eliminate?
  • Be Realistic
    Don’t pack too many tasks into a day. Allow flextime for inevitable interruptions. And resolve not to take on more than you can comfortably handle. Be willing to say “no” when necessary.
  • Look After Your Body
    You’ll be far more effective after a good night’s sleep. Reducing or eliminating sugar and caffeine can improve your focus and overall health, as will regular physical exercise. Plus, it relieves tension.
  • Take Time to Recharge
    Taking short breaks during the day will make you more resistant to stress. Even five-minute breaks to relax, breathe deeply and think about something pleasant can help. Plan time for fun too—laughter is good medicine.

There really are enough hours in each day to do all God wants us to do. And He’s given us a perfect example in the One Who created time, Who became human and lived in our world. We never read of Jesus rushing around or running late. He was always tuned in to His Father, doing only what He saw Him doing.

We need follow His example, to stop and take time out of our busy world to come to Him. What He told the crowds then seems even more relevant today, when He said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

I’d love to know your thoughts on being too busy. and how you deal with too much to do. Leave a comment below.

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