When you look back at 2018, what do you see? What results were produced by your actions? Rejoice in the wins. Celebrate! But if you don’t see the results you would like to see, whether you were busy trying to get things done, or frustrated with yourself that you were just thinking about being busy trying to get things done, remember this:

Busyness itself is not our friend or our enemy. The definition of “busy” is simply to be actively and attentively engaged in an activity or activities. Busyness that keeps us from doing what we need to be doing is our enemy. Busyness that focuses our action and attention on moving toward what we want and need to accomplish is our friend.

Answer these three questions to evaluate your relationship with busyness:

  1. Are you busy? (Actively and attentively engaged in an activity or activities.)
  2. What are you busy doing?
  3. Is what you are busy doing moving you toward the goals/dreams you most want to achieve?

Are you busy?

If you answered “no” to question #1, and are therefore thinking this line of questioning doesn’t apply to you, I ask you to re-think your answer. I believe we are all actively and attentively engaged in something. It might be boredom. Or frustration. Or self-pity. Or playing games on our phones. But it is still engaged. So take a look at your work, play, friends, hobbies, desires and even your emotions and you will start to see that you actually are actively and attentively engaged in some areas, whether they are productive or not. This is an opportunity to get a different perspective on busyness that can help you move forward and achieve the results you want…if you will put it into practice.

A different perspective on busyness that can help you move forward in 2019 and achieve the results you want. #goals #goalsetting Click To Tweet

What are you busy doing?

Question #2 helps you slow down and get an honest look at where your action and attention is actually going. Don’t sugarcoat it. Be honest with yourself. It is the only way true change can happen.

Is what you are busy doing moving you toward the goals/dreams you most want to achieve?

Question #3 helps you determine what about your action and attention needs to change in order to get the results you want and need. Remember, if you change nothing, nothing will change.

If you change nothing, nothing will change. Your actions and attention may need to change in order to get the results you want and need. #goals #takeaction #productivity Click To Tweet

Adjusting your focus

These three steps are simple, but simple isn’t always easy. When evaluating the correlation between #2 and #3, don’t get discouraged if they don’t line up. This is an opportunity to readjust where you focus your action and attention so that 2019 will blow 2018 out of the water with the over the top productivity you are able to generate. When goals start to be fulfilled one after the other, your level of joy, fulfillment and confidence will be raised and you will be energized to keep on going and achieving more of what you were put here on this earth to do.

Readjust where you focus your #action and attention so 2019 blows 2018 out of the water with over the top #productivity. #goals Click To Tweet

Enjoy the journey! And join me in A Fresh Look At Being Busy Part 2 to learn how to incorporate three simple tools that will result in increased productivity and abundant fruit from your labor.

You CAN choose to be busy about those things that move you toward your uniquely defined success.

You CAN focus your actions and attention on what will make a difference.

You CAN make 2019 work FOR you.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let’s do it!

 

 

Brenda Harkins mines the gold in people to help them clearly see their talent, identify their purpose and unleash potential to navigate their unique success. Brenda is a Life and Leadership Coach in her own organization, as well as with The John Maxwell Team and CoreClarity. She is a Public Speaker, Author, Mediator, Entrepreneur, and President of The Harkins Group, Inc. You can connect with Brenda at brenda@brendaharkins.com or find out more at https://brendaharkins.com.