“We wear busy like a badge of honor.”- Jon Acuff
I felt that this topic needed a little more attention. Like I said yesterday, it’s a busy season for most of us. For most wedding photographers, spring and fall are the times where we spend more time in front of a screen than we do shooting. It’s two of the most exhilarating times of the year but to most creatives it is the one where we have the most work. Is this ok?
It all depends on whether or not you are making time for the things that really matter to you. Like I said yesterday, work-life balance is not a thing. Total balance is unachievable. If you commit to pursuing one thing, you will inevitably have to say no to something else. So we have to make sure the things we keep saying yes to are important to us, and just keep going.
Because we literally can’t do it all.
My friend Amy pointed out yesterday that our culture is obsessed with busy. We walk around with a false sense of busy just so we can keep telling people we’re busy. Even if it’s not really true.
I don’t want to be obsessed with busy. But I do think truly busy times are inevitable if we’re going to be committed to pursuing something that matters. We’re going to hit a season when things are a little busier than might be comfortable for us. When we hit those busy times, we have to be careful to choose to do the things we said were important to us. I won’t be busy for busy’s sake. But I’ll take the busy season so long as I’m getting to do the things that mean the most to me.
Don’t wear busy like a badge of honor. Wear it when you have to and even then, make time for the things that matter. As long as we’re doing that, then busy is good
So… question: What are your thoughts on being busy? What are some common pitfalls for you when a busy season hits?
In other words, what takes the hit first when you get busy? Your health? Your eating habits? Your relationships? Your work?
Pay attention during this season of busy and see which one of these things are hurting the most. Then do something about. Because you’re never too busy to stop and change something. So don’t tell yourself that you are.