I’m probably more busy right now than I’ve ever been in my life. I’m married with two young children. I’m busy leading a church that doesn’t have a lot of stability. I’m going back to school and doing lots of work for that.
And here’s what I’ve found happens as a result: creativity is swallowed up in the busyness. There’s not much room left to think, and as a result creativity dies. Busyness is the enemy and the Achilles heel of leadership.
That is not good.
That’s why I was encouraged recently when I read this post by Michael Hyatt on creating more “head time.” He says, “Most of us don’t spend enough time thinking. We are so busy doing that we have, I fear, almost forgotten how to think. Yet it is our thinking, more than any other single activity, that influences our outcomes.”
What does he recommend to that end?
1. Eliminate everything that is not crucial to your role
2. Automate everything that is repetitive
3. Delegate everything else that someone else could do
Most of us have heard all of these before, but when you’re especially busy, they take on a whole new meaning. And as I’ve been reviewing things that I can delegate or repetitive actions that I can automate, I’ve actually been coming up with a decent list that I plan on implementing soon.
If you’re too busy as a leader, you’re going to stay in a reactive position. You’ll just stay busy putting out a bunch of little fires. When you have time to be creative, though, is when you think of proactive solutions that can quantum leap you forward. So don’t feel guilty for making room to think and be creative (I’m talking to myself as well on this).
It just may be the most important thing you ever do.
So what about you? How do you react when you’re super-busy? How do you create “head time”?
[image by Anant N S]