Friday, January 17, 2014

Minding Business Not Busyness

Mind Business Not Busyness

Are you minding your business or your busyness?

Many people are busy; well, so are the ants and the bees. The question is what are you so busy about? How productive are we? We Americans are so obsessed with being busy. 

Busyness gives a false sense of importance. Ask yourself, am I getting the results I want by being so darn busy? Many people don’t know why they are so busy. Do you? 

Here are a few nuggets to turn busyness into productivity, to stop minding your busyness and start minding your business.

1.      Live by your priorities instead of your obligations. Set your priorities based on your dreams and goals not your obligations. Is entertainment and pleasures eating up your time?

2.      Busyness often leads to stress and stress leads to ineffectiveness. What are you so busy about? Focus on the important instead of all the urgent things. Remember the urgent yells while the important only whispers at you. Oh, and books don't ring.

3.      Shut down the media noise. Constant Negative News (CNN) is just noise you can live without. Unplug tube or even the cable attached to it and plug into great books. How useful is to know the things you have no control over?

4.      Take control of your schedule. Guard your time because it is the most valuable thing you have. Who is controlling your schedule?

5.      Think gadgets as your slave and master them. Are you leveraging technology or is technology leveraging you? Are your gadgets your master or your slave?

6.      Kill distractions. Yes, kill them by being on guard since they are all around you just waiting to get your attention.

7.      Kill procrastination. Get the right things done right when they need to get done. Eat those big frogs first and stop delaying the most important things that need to get done.

You are free to share these nuggets with others. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

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