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Too Busy…

By Jeffrey Eisenberg
April 6th, 2007

We’re all too busy! If you can make the time check out the excellent article NY Times recently published: Too Busy to Notice You’re Too Busy

Oh, and if you can spare a moment, please let me know what you think about it.

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  1. Great article! “The good Lord willin’,” we’re all given 24 hours each day to spend. It’s how we choose to spend it that makes the difference.

  2. Thanks for the pointer, Jeffrey.

    One thing that I do that helps me is to have my e-mail client automatically send all mail that I am copied on to a separate folder, so it is not mixed in with mail sent to me personally. It helps me prioritize, because I always look at mail to me first. (When I am really busy I may go a few days without looking at mail in my “copied” folder.)

    One surprising way that it helped me was that I now fly through the copied mail. I don’t have to read it really carefully because it just sent to keep me informed. I can go slowly through the e-mail sent personally to me because it usually demands a response.

    Hope this helps someone.

  3. Thanks for the heads-up on the article, Jeffrey. For the last year or so, I’ve been working hard on saying “No” to people. I want to fulfill everyone’s request, but there’s not enough time in the day.

    Priority is the rule of the day. Me first, family second, work third. Could I be more of professional powerhouse? Sure… but at what cost? For me, right now, quality of life and time with my family is important. It hasn’t always been that way for me – had to learn some hard lessons. And it’s difficult not to want to throw my hat in the ring of every professional opportunity. But I do know I’m happier the way things are… for now! :-)

  4. That great info. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I agree with the reasons stated as to why people keep busy. When I visit my neighbor from ‘The Old Country’ (Italy) she sits me down, feeds me and shares her stories of simpler times. Time stands still when I visit her. It is such a relief from the day-to-day busy-ness (business). It always amazes me how my world is still spinning in the same spot I left it when I get back home. People should spend more time with seniors and see the world with a slower, gentler pace. This will help you put your time in perspective.

  6. I was too busy to go through yet another registration just to read an article. And now I’ll go away telling myself it wasn’t worth my time — just so I feel okay about the decision.

  7. Some great pointers about how to look at the things in your life that are causing you stress. Makes me really want to sit back and prioritze.

  8. It seems to me that we constantly confuse what’s urgent versus what is important! As a culture we need to separate the two and focus on the important… the urgent will take care of itself.

  9. Jeffrey. For the last year or so, I’ve been working hard on saying “No” to people. I want to fulfill everyone’s request, but there’s not enough time in the day.

    Priority is the rule of the day. Me first, family second, work third. Could I be more of professional powerhouse? Sure… but at what cost? For me, right now, quality of life and time with my family is important. It hasn’t always been that way for me – had to learn some hard lessons. And it’s difficult not to want to throw my hat in the ring of every professional opportunity. But I do know I’m happier the way things are… for now!

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Jeffrey Eisenberg, founder of FutureNow, is a professional marketing speaker and the co-author of New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling books Call to Action and Waiting For Your Cat to Bark. You can friend him on Facebook.

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