As summer comes to a close, in washes a new season. And new seasons bring transitions and new opportunities.
But there is a threat that lurks around the corner of new opportunities — busyness.
I write about busyness a lot on this blog because I’ve experienced its devastation in my own life and in the lives of so many others. (See below for links to some of my posts on busyness.)
I’ve made it part of my mission to help you live with purpose, productivity, and peace. And attacking busyness is a key to achieving this.
Busyness destroys your sense of peace. You can’t experience peace if you never slow down.
Busyness minimizes your productivity. With busyness, you do a lot but you don’t accomplish a lot.
Busyness waters down your sense of purpose. You can’t press into the purpose for which God put you on the planet if you’re spreading your time in a million scattered ways.
Busyness and Feature Creep
In most software, 20% of the features comprise 80% of the benefit. Developers need to determine the 20% that brings the greatest benefit.
Feature creep occurs when software developers add unnecessary features that add minimal value to their customers’ needs. Think about most word processors. You use one every day, and you use a few of the features consistently — bold, italics, margins, etc.
But most word processors add hundreds of other features that you’ll never use. Or maybe you’ll use them once or twice a year.
Because of those features, the software becomes bulky, slow and confusing. Ultimately, it makes software harder to maintain and less enjoyable for the user.
The only way for software developers to avoid feature creep is to be clear about the purpose for the software and to say no to every good feature that doesn’t add significant value.
Busyness is like feature creep. The more you add to your life during this season, the bulkier and less enjoyable your life will be.The more you add to your life during this season, the bulkier and less enjoyable your life will be. Click To Tweet
So in this transition, attack busyness.
What is busyness?
In order to attack busyness, you need to know what it is.
Busyness has three characteristics:
1. You have more to do than you can hope to accomplish. You start each day knowing that you can’t possibly accomplish everything you feel like you need to do.
2. You live at a pace that is perceived as fast and frantic. You constantly move from one meeting to the next. From one obligation to the next. You are always on the move from the moment you wake up in the morning until you crash into bed.
3. You have little to no margin in your life. You don’t have room for unexpected interruptions, opportunities, or illnesses. You don’t have time to pause throughout the day and catch your breath. You have no margin.
An urgent plea
Busyness never stages an all-out assault. It slowly moves in over the course of weeks and months. You accept an extra commitment at work. You say “yes” to another activity for your kids. You stop resting and spending time in leisure.Busyness never stages an all-out assault. It moves in slowly until it overtakes your life. Click To Tweet
As the season changes, I plead with you to attack busyness. Attack it in your personal life, in your family, in your work, and in your church.
Attack busyness so that you can sense God’s presence, hear His voice, and know His will.
Attack busyness so that you live at a sustainable pace that allows you to steward your body, mind, will, and emotions.
Attack busyness so that you can spend time with your family and not merely transporting your family from one activity to the next.
Attack busyness so that you can accomplish your most important projects at work.
Attack busyness so that you can live a full and meaningful life and not simply a busy one.
For more on busyness, see:
Question: What could cause you to become overly busy in this new season?