Do you still find yourself working but not enjoying it?
Think before you jump out the door.
“There are many important things we don’t understand, because you keep everything on a ‘busyness level’ in the middle of things, ” said Dorie Clark, a Seattle-based career coach and author of “What Color Is Your Parachute? 4 Steps to Transform Your Life.” “We get very busy ourselves, and so we all believe that we’re so busy that it doesn’t matter.”
Even with those lofty expectations, that frantic approach isn’t exactly the best way to face a new year.
First, perhaps keep the Sunday paper a little longer?
“If we don’t like the paper, we have another reason to pick it up again. If we feel like it’s late for our appointment, we have another reason to go because we aren’t due until 10 a.m.,” said Clark.
Whatever it is that you hate or haven’t got around to getting done in the first place, Clark said getting it done will keep you feeling fuller for longer, helping to create a happier, calmer week.
“Busyness can be a blessing if you’re organized and motivated and it’s not being used to fill a gap in your life,” Clark said. “Then it becomes a real destructive thing.”
Second, try to think through whatever time-consuming tasks may remain in your to-do list.
“Maybe you have too many meetings,” Clark said. “Maybe you’re not doing it because you’re not that interested. Maybe you’re feeling completely overwhelmed.”
Once you decide what has to be done, it’s time to sit down and take a deep breath and break it down into bite-sized chunks, said Clark.
“Sometimes it’s good to drop the big stuff,” she said. “Even if you’re going to really have to get a lot done, sometimes it’s good to focus on not doing all the little things and find a break in the plan.”