#130: Ten Ways To Un-Busy Yourself This Week [Podcast]

We are busy. Too busy, it seems; if I ask ten friends what their biggest challenge is, five will answer with some variation of, “I'm just too busy.”



In this episode I will share 10 specific tactics to help un-busy yourself.

Tip of the Week:

My favorite new meeting tool is Zoom.us. I like it better than Skype or GoToMeeting for the following reasons:

  1. Smoother video streaming.
  2. Ease of use.
  3. Simple screen sharing.
  4. Easy recordings.
  5. Less expensive than other alternatives.

Spiritual Foundations:

Should we be working harder to be better Christians? No. All our “working” and striving will only make us feel guiltier and dirtier than before we started.

…you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Cor 1:30

Your righteousness is not measured by what you do or don't do; it is measured by what Jesus already did.

Feature Presentation: Ten Ways To Un-Busy Yourself This Week

We are too busy. We need to slow down, so we can get more meaningful work done. Here are 10 specific tactics to help un-busy yourself.

  1. Start work an hour later.
  2. Quit work an hour earlier.
  3. Don't take any lunch meetings.
  4. Work four days instead of five this week.
  5. Don't take any incoming phone calls.
  6. Eliminate all shopping (online and offline).
  7. Stop watching TV, listening to the radio, and reading the newspaper.
  8. Meditate twice a day.
  9. Cancel all recurring meetings.
  10. Cancel all social and volunteer activities.

Even picking a few of these ten will free up space in your mind, help you get more centered, and perhaps bring you a renewed sense of peace, power, and purpose.

Next Week: Five Destructive Habits That Will Wreck Your Life

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  • Kathleen Thompson

    I don’t think my employer would appreciate me taking 2 hours off my workday, even though I’m sure I would get as much done :). One thing I have done is schedule the time I spend on my own platform development. To accelerate and provide additional focus, I often set the kitchen timer. Then I spend the additional time on something else, like singing, dancing, or walking.

    As you said, Ray, this isn’t easy. It’s easy to get caught up in activities that make us feel important and accomplish nothing of value. I had just that talk with myself last week. Now I’m trying to live it out.

  • My variation on Parkinson’s Law – “If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute!”
    Sometimes (certainly not always) procrastination has its benefits…

  • Cutting out my daily news ingestion was the best decision I ever made from a productivity standpoint. I make time for this but I don’t sit and watch it – I seek it out when I want it because I get very passionate about what’s going on in the world and I know that will conflict with me trying to work. I also need to get back into meditation – thanks for the reminder. I’ve been feeling the effects of letting that practice slip.

  • Busy Busy. “Hey – How you doing?” – Oh man – been really busy. “Hey – Whazzup man?” Ohhh been super busy dude. “Hey whatcha been up to lately?” Oh – just keepin busy – how ’bout yourself? Yea – I’ve been busy too. Come to think of it – been busy all my life. Busy in my 20’s, busy in my 30’s, busy in my 40’s, and now busy in my 50’s. Wow – if I keep this gig up – I could make it all the way through my busy life. That way – when I’m in my 70s or 80’s – I can look back and proudly say – ‘it was tough but at least I stayed busy’. Missed my life, missed my family, missed my kids, missed my calling, missed my purpose – but yea – man was I busy…

  • Micki

    I have cut my TV watching to almost nothing, and don’t really listen to the radio. I love your suggestions, Ray and want to add one, the Pomodoro method. I actually use an app called Tomato Timer to work in 45 min stints with a 10 min break (the Pomodoro method actually calls for 25 min work, and 5 min breaks, but I found that 45 min was better for me to actually get my tasks done). This helps keep me on focus. I did start work later this past week, and was able to quit earlier due to this tool.