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This recent story in the news caught my
attention…
• A man followed a
swerving driver and
filmed her admitting she
was dru...
I won’t get into the many
complex issues
surrounding police
resources, but that phrase
‘too busy’ did get me
thinking.
How many times have we used
that excuse ourselves?
It is often perfectly valid; we all find
ourselves very busy at times, ...
Stay organised
• In our states of
busyness, we can
become overwhelmed.
• Having too much to do
and not knowing where
to st...
• Plan your week by setting 3-5 goals with clear KPIs against them
that you need to achieve in order to be successful that...
Lists
You may feel like you’re too busy to even write a list of tasks, but
taking that time will save you stress and panic...
Delegate
As a business owner or manager, it’s very important to delegate smaller
tasks that we don’t particularly need to ...
Delegate
To help you decide what to delegate, think about the value you add and
enjoyment you get from each task.
Low valu...
Whether it’s saying no to attending a meeting that you
know won’t be beneficial to either party or a task that has
a deadl...
But don’t simply use the ‘I’m too
busy’ excuse
• Talk through your reasons why you don’t think you need to attend this
mee...
Focus on one thing at a time
• We are all guilty of jumping between tasks because we think it’ll help
us get chunks of eac...
Focus on one thing at a time
• Set time to focus on each task and take a couple of minutes to think
between each one, so a...
Focus on one thing at a time
• Consider shutting down email while working on a focus
task, and considering where you work....
Being ‘too busy’ ultimately
has a negative impact on
your performance at work
and your general well-being.
By making small...
Don't let 'too busy' be an excuse - a blog by Safaraz Ali
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Don't let 'too busy' be an excuse - a blog by Safaraz Ali

  1. 1. This recent story in the news caught my attention… • A man followed a swerving driver and filmed her admitting she was drunk. • Police told him to stay with the woman and take her car keys. • But the officers called after two hours to say they were ‘too busy’ to intervene.
  2. 2. I won’t get into the many complex issues surrounding police resources, but that phrase ‘too busy’ did get me thinking.
  3. 3. How many times have we used that excuse ourselves? It is often perfectly valid; we all find ourselves very busy at times, and it can affect our performance at work.
  4. 4. Stay organised • In our states of busyness, we can become overwhelmed. • Having too much to do and not knowing where to start can often result in just doing nothing at all. • This is why organisation is so important.
  5. 5. • Plan your week by setting 3-5 goals with clear KPIs against them that you need to achieve in order to be successful that week. • Then plan smaller tasks daily. • Write down everything you have to do, and use diary reminders. Plan
  6. 6. Lists You may feel like you’re too busy to even write a list of tasks, but taking that time will save you stress and panic in the long run. When you’re feeling listless, make a list.
  7. 7. Delegate As a business owner or manager, it’s very important to delegate smaller tasks that we don’t particularly need to be doing. It may seem easier to do certain tasks yourself rather than explaining it to someone else, but once you do take that time to delegate a task or process, you will have offloaded it for good.
  8. 8. Delegate To help you decide what to delegate, think about the value you add and enjoyment you get from each task. Low value tasks = delegation. Low value and low enjoyment tasks = definite delegation!
  9. 9. Whether it’s saying no to attending a meeting that you know won’t be beneficial to either party or a task that has a deadline you know you can’t hit, don’t be afraid to express your concerns Don’t be scared to say no
  10. 10. But don’t simply use the ‘I’m too busy’ excuse • Talk through your reasons why you don’t think you need to attend this meeting, or why so-and-so would be better suited at completing the task. • Politely saying no, and giving a valid reason also prevents more an more tasks coming your way.
  11. 11. Focus on one thing at a time • We are all guilty of jumping between tasks because we think it’ll help us get chunks of each done quicker. • In reality, multitasking is rarely the answer. It makes us feel busier and confused about what we’re doing.
  12. 12. Focus on one thing at a time • Set time to focus on each task and take a couple of minutes to think between each one, so as not to jump straight into something completely different. • Make a drink or take a couple of minutes to get some fresh air in between tasks so your head will be clear and ready for the next job when you come back to your desk.
  13. 13. Focus on one thing at a time • Consider shutting down email while working on a focus task, and considering where you work. • Will you be distracted if you’re surrounded by others?
  14. 14. Being ‘too busy’ ultimately has a negative impact on your performance at work and your general well-being. By making small changes, you can manage your busyness and make it productive, instead of overwhelming. Twitter: @pathwaygroup LinkedIn: The Pathway Group (Workforce Solutions) Tweet @SafarazAli Connect with Safaraz Ali

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