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Busy vs. Productive

Updated: Nov 19, 2022

The anxiety began to spread from my head to my heart. Too much to do and it was swallowing me. The demands of my life pulled me under and I sank into the ocean of my own commitment and making.

Like many of you, my to-do list was a thousand miles long, and I was not handling it well at all. I couldn’t think fast enough. One little extra pressure, question, or comment would set my rage monster side ablaze. Hurrying and shouting, I realized I had under planned, over committed, and every part of me felt horrid due to extreme stress and little to no care of myself – there just wasn’t time!

I am sure you have been there. In that extreme rushed and frazzled moment. In fact you may be saying to yourself, that is me every day. If this is the case, then you are not alone.

What can you do when you get into this situation:

  1. Commit to do one thing at a time.

  2. Understand everything that needs to be done today, needs to get done first

  3. Take a moment to breathe deep, allow yourself to realign and to focus well

  4. Learn to say no and commit to less things

  5. Organize your life ahead of time, if possible. If not, ask for help and be specific, remember to thank them for helping you.

  6. Talk kindly

  7. Focus on what you can do.

If you can take nothing else away from this post, please remember this one thing and it will see you through all your hard and hair-ripping moments


Ask yourself, what can I do? Right now, what can I do to get something finished and done.

You will find that as you step into what you can do, you ignite the energy of possible.

When you are negative you suck the energy out. Think of it like interest that is compounded on your debt. You find that you not only have to pay the money back but also the interest. This is how negative energy works. It sucks you dry and beyond what you have. Seek to fill yourself with what you can do and with sincere gratitude and you will find that your commitments will not disappear, but you will have greater energy to face them with clarity and power.

The goal isn’t to be busy, the focus needs to be completing. Get into a rhythm where every little step is completed and well done so that the whole is finished with ease and timeliness.

You have got this!

Which one of the 7 ideas are you going to try when you get into a frantic frenzy? Pin this post, share it with a friend, and leave your comment below.

Article Written By: Kaitlyn Andrews, an International Life Coach for Women

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