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The Illusion of Busyness

The Illusion of Busyness

Hey, ever find yourself knee-deep in "procrastivity"? You know, when you've got that looming deadline or task, but somehow end up organizing your sock drawer instead? Been there, done that.

If you haven’t heard of the word “procrastivity”, it is the term coined when you are using a busy work activity to keep you from an important task that needs to get done. These activities use up our time and energy and often get us to the end of the day feeling exhausted, yet unhappy with what has been accomplished.

We can trick ourselves into feeling productive with all this "busywork" - arranging files, tidying up desks, replying to emails that can totally wait. It's like we're working, but not really tackling the big stuff that's hanging over our heads.

Sure, it's a quick escape from stress. But let's be real, it's a time-management nightmare. We lose sight of what actually matters, bouncing around from distraction to distraction. Meanwhile, those deadlines inch closer, and we're left feeling stuck and overwhelmed.

Getting a grip on procrastivity is key to reclaiming our focus and actually hitting those important intentions that make live worth living. Think time-blocking, prioritizing the important stuff first, setting daily targets, and taking breaks that don't involve scrolling through our phones.

Ever hit the end of the day wondering why you're wiped out, despite ticking off a bunch of tasks? That's the sneaky illusion of busyness at work. We're busy, sure, but not with the stuff that truly moves the needle.

And let's talk about over-planning. Sure, some prep is necessary, but spending forever fine-tuning plans? It's just a fancy way of avoiding action.

Then there's perfectionism - the endless tweaking and second-guessing that stops us from actually getting stuff done. We're so caught up in making things flawless that we forget perfection isn't the goal.

Multitasking? Yeah, it's a trap. Jumping between tasks might feel efficient, but it just leaves us scattered and making more mistakes.

Don't even get me started on endless meetings. Sure, they're important, but too many and we're just spinning our wheels, not moving forward.

And don't even get me started on "procrasti-baking" or cleaning. Yeah, they're fun distractions, but they're not getting us any closer to our goals.

Bottom line? We need to recognize the trap and start ditching the illusion of busyness and focus on what matters in our lives. It's about saying no to the stuff that's just filling time and yes to the things that bring us closer to getting things done.

So, next time you catch yourself knee-deep in the illusion of busyness, remember: it's all about focusing on what truly moves the needle.

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DeShawn Wert teaches intelligent, motivated professional moms how to get stuff done so they CAN relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor! Let's explore how you do your best work together. An Ericson-trained life coach and JTS Coaching-trained ADHD coach, DeShawn is a member of good standing in the ADHD Coaches Organization. She's contributed to several books on living with ADHD, including Dr. Dale Archer's book, The ADHD Advantage, and Laurie Dupar's series called More Ways to Succeed with ADHD.

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You know what I find fascinating? It's our differences

~ especially those of us who can be a little off-center trying to function and find fulfillment in the mainstream world. This world values efficiency and productivity, which can require productivity techniques and hacks that some of us find 

too mundane and soul-crushing, if not impossible to follow.

For me, I've found I can't follow mainstream productivity tools and hacks. I've had to learn to drive my brain, use its quirks and creativity to feel seen, make contributions to the world, and enjoy both work and home.

I like working with smart people who are ready to dump conventional productivity techniques to learn their true personal productivity by understanding how to drive their brains and discover their unique strengths to redesign their days with systems that complement them.

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