There are 2 types of busy in business
I think there are 2 types of busy in business:
- There’s good-busy
- There’s ?-busy
When business people tell me they are ‘too-busy’ I am uneasy because I have no place in my brain to file that type of busy. So, I either wonder if they are telling me they are experiencing #1 [good-busy] or I jump to the conclusion it’s just another case of #2 [?-busy].
I admit I am prone to jump to the #2 [?-busy] conclusion because experiences tell me there’s an awful lot of #2 out there.
On the other hand, I do not always jump to conclusions so I regularly find myself wondering, “Is this too-busy good-busy or?-busy?” When I am wondering in the direction one thought always finds its way into my mind, “Is your too-busy coupled with increased gross margin?” Sometimes that internal thought finds its way to my external voice and I blurt out, “Is your too-busy coupled with increased gross margin?” That’s always followed by my observation of a puzzled if not surprised or maybe annoyed face peering right at me. The conversation either goes uphill or downhill from there. While the downhill conversations are not particularly enjoyable the uphill ones more than offset their downhill counterparts…resulting in an overall net gain…call it ‘productive and constructive conversation’.
Needless to say, when I slip up and almost start thinking I am too-busy the little voice in my head keeps asking me, “Is this almost-too-busy coupled with an increase in gross margin?” When the answer is “Yes“, I know I am dealing with some good-busy work…so I don’t even feel tempted to get stressed out about it let alone complain about it.
PS: There are competing thought-cycles at play with one another here. When almost-too-busy is tested and found to be good-busy the opportunity for too-busy disappears. When almost-too-busy is found to be ?-busy further thought is required: one good example of further thought is 80/20 Rule thinking. Further thought about ?-busy results in paring of some underlying work, which again reduces the possibility of too-busy thinking. Either way, there is little temptation to be thinking, “I’m too busy“. And, that’s a real good way not to be thinking.
Successful people have more time…
…because they do not fall into the trap of thinking they are too busy.
And…we want to be successful…right!
PPS: good-busy — Good Habits — Acting in the direction of Goals.