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Lila-Mae White, MBA, CHE, PMP


Crazy Busy

Posted 10/15/2020

In her May 2020 TED Talk, Dr. Darria Long gave a caution against using the frame of “crazy busy” to describe your life. She outlined the perspective of an ER doctor to create new habits and a new narrative on how you manage through challenging moments in life. Her lens offers three areas to change the narrative around “crazy busy”.

  1. Triage relentlessly – just like an ER physician you need to cultivate the habit of being clear on what are the most important things to tackle. She also shared that sometimes you have to make the determination that commitments/tasks on your list need to be jettisoned off in order to effectively manage the remaining critical items.
  2. Expect and design for the busiest times – reduce the number of decisions you need to make each day, look for ways to co-locate items or automate processes and remove temptations to take the easy way by doing the planning ahead of time.
  3. Get out of your own head – take action, focus on someone else, and stop listening to the narrative in your head which is talking smack about your situation or your ability to handle it.

We all juggle, we all over commit, we all wear multiple hats – we need to stop making busy a currency to trade for attention, sympathy, or adoration. We need to change the narrative about busy – internally and externally.