I’ve come to a realization this week: “I’m busy” has become my new go-to excuse for not getting work done. And it’s awful. The most awful part about that particular excuse is that it’s always true. There’s always a blog post to be written; an email to respond to; family to spend time with; your personal brand to manage online.
We’ve made it impossible to be unbusy.
When you subscribe [like I do] to the Godin-ian mindset of fighting your inner Resistance in order to do important work, Busy becomes the easiest way to placate yourself into thinking that you’ll eventually get all that stuff done. You aren’t giving in. You aren’t giving up. You are simply Busy.
Done with Busy
A few days ago, I shared a link (which was shared with me by Tom LaRock) about The Cult of Done Manifesto. While many of its precepts rely and build upon each other, the very last rule, lucky number thirteen, wraps up the whole philosophy and is the most important.
13. Done is the engine of more.
I’d like to think that Done is good habit that can be built. That it can help fight The Resistance, and banish Busy. I hope that by recognizing Busy as a prime excuse, I can stop using it; I can remain focused on producing great work for my family, friends, and the SQL Server community. If Busy is one of your excuses as well, we can support each other in getting the work done for the betterment of all.
So who’s busy?
Standard Disclaimers Apply
Of course, working yourself up into a frothy mix of anxiety from all the work you aren’t getting done isn’t useful either. The standard life-work balancing act applies in all things. It’s making choices and prioritizing what’s important. Your family needs you today and every day. So do your friends and co-workers. But maybe you can TiVo that episode of N.C.I.S. and build something that is life-changing.