Here’s a conversation you might hear daily:
“Hi. How are you?”
“Oh good, you know, very busy. How are you?”
“Me too, I’m good, just crazy busy.”
Sound familiar? It’s because we live in a world where we’re constantly telling people how busy we are and glorifying the fact that we have little time. It’s as if being busy validates success and that’s why we constantly encourage busyness. But is being busy a good thing?
Busy is the new black
Wherever we go and whoever we see seem to be in a constant state of busyness. When did everyone and everything become so rushed and time-pressed?
Being busy is often associated with long hours, stress and little time due to all-nighters, tight deadlines and a back-to-back schedule. If you’re busy, it means you’re working hard and assumptions are made that you must be doing well financially. That’s why most people are quick to boast about their busy schedule. And let's be honest, at some point we've all admired someone with a full diary that's 'always on the run'.
But having a schedule that’s too busy can naturally lead to over exhaustion and unnecessary strain on your body. And being busy almost always catches up to you – whether in the form of a low immune system, stress, anxiety or worse.
For health and wellbeing purposes, we shouldn’t be putting ‘busy’ on a pedestal. What we should be glorifying is something much more important – a balanced lifestyle. Balance, relaxation, free time, exercise and self-care should be praised so much more than how many hours we’ve clocked in. The real winners in life are those who dedicate time to all areas of their life and invest equally in career, relationships, health and wellbeing.
Some of the most successful people in the world owe their success to ‘taking it easy’, incorporating meditation, rest and daily exercise into their lifestyles. Jayson DeMers describes that being able to create a work-life balance is one of the seven habits of the world’s most successful people. These successful people rarely abandon important parts of their personal lives such as rest, relaxation, spending time with family and friends as well as caring for their mental wellbeing. In fact, Albert Einstein is said to have punctually slept for 10 hours a night with additional naps during the day!
Living a balanced, healthy lifestyle allows your body and mind to be at ease. And when you take care of your body and mind, you can enter business mode with clarity and productivity, which is so much better for success than an overworked mind.
In Richard Branson’s famous words:
“If you take the time simply to be and appreciate the fruits of life, your stresses will begin to dissolve, and you’ll be happier.”
Some of you might already be thinking; "I still just don't have enough time to relax, exercise or do anything else for that matter". The truth is, there is always time. It's just about prioritizing and actually making the time. There are a number of different things you can do.
Here's some tips to incorporate into your daily lifestyle to help you slow down and achieve better balance:
1. Unplug. Turn off your emails after the work day and on weekends. Receiving emails after hours can often make you feel stressed and keep you in constant 'work-mode', making you work more hours than you planned. Deactivate your email on your phone if you have to.
2. Limit work talk with your significant other. If you work in a stressful environment, your first instinct may be to tell your partner all about it as soon as you get home. Talking about it with your partner can often make them feel the stress too. Why not talk about different subject matters when you get home? It'll naturally help you both relax and unwind after work, enjoying an evening of positive talk.
3. Plan your 'me-time' intentionally. When you have a busy schedule, it's easy to forget about your 'me-time' and all the things you want to do for yourself. You can schedule in your 'me-time' as a reminder on your phone. If it's added to the same calendar as the rest of your schedules, it'll be much easier to complete it and get in all the things you want to do. Schedule in gym-time, relax-time, walk-time or even read-your-book-time – whatever it is that you'd like to do for yourself.
4. Say no to things you don't really want to do. Sometimes we feel we need to please people by saying yes. All the 'yes' answers can take up an incredible amount of time. If you feel you're only doing something because you don't want to let someone down or if you just don't feel like saying yes, simply decline. Rather be true to yourself, listen to your intuition and do the things you want to do instead, you'll feel so much more fulfilled.
5. Create priorities and establish what's most important to you. If your health comes first, make sure that everything you do in your busy life aligns to being healthy. If your family comes first, make sure to switch off your emails so that you don't work during family time. If you can understand and prioritize what's most important to you, you'll know how to structure your time better and align it to what really matters to you.
If you still feel like you are struggling to balance your busy work life – particularly with your health – you can add some balance to your life in a different way. Use the Balance Board, along with your DeskStand, to get moving – it's designed to strengthen your core while you work, so there's really no excuse not to focus on your health, even if you are incredibly busy.
And if your body is taking strain from your overworked schedule, use the LUMO lift posture correcting device as a reminder to correct your posture at all times, no matter how busy. We also have a range of different fidgets and spinners to help reduce stress levels and and increase your concentration levels.
Are you guilty of being too busy? It might be time to slow it down and become successful in all areas of your life. Delve in some me-time, cut down your daily hours and make your physical health a priority.
You may also want to read: Simple Tips To Up Your Health In The Office