Busyness

Being busy can often feel useful, but it’s a poor measure of progress.

You can be busy and make no progress.

You can be busy and make a lot of progress.

Same energy requirements yet drastically different outcomes.

Anchor yourself with two questions first: what am I actually trying to accomplish? What things — actions, conversations, questions — are worth pursuing to accomplish this?

And then go be busy with that.

Alternatively, you can choose to not be busy. It’s not often stated, but you’re not required to be busy all the time — in fact, it’s probably beneficial to occasionally pull your foot off the accelerator. So keep that option open too.

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William Liao

William Liao

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Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (ephemera.photography)