The trouble with busy

This week has been hectic balancing two very different jobs in the health service and trying to connect people across continents to deliver a project.  It’s great to hit the weekend and be able to get out in the open air, take stock  and centre myself on what matters.

Busy is the mantra of the 21st century – we have to say that we are busy all the time, that by our very busyness we gain importance.  I have a problem with busy!  As a word it is fine, but it has a cheeky little attitude – ‘look at me’ ‘pay attention to me’ a very demanding troll that needs constant feeding of ego.  I am trying to recognise when that little troll busy surfaces.  When it crawls out of the woodwork to go patiently to that angry, crying attention seeker busy and say ‘look it’s ok, we need to understand if others can help’ and ‘If any boundaries are being broken.’


To reach out across the void of busyness and through a transparent and honest dialogue with colleagues – share the work and how they can support.  This is not easy, but something we need to start doing if we want to encourage healthy boundaries and let people bring their authentic self to work.   Now more than ever we need to walk the walk and talk the talk equally.  This is essential in health and social care where work is a human business, people go the extra mile for others and the dial is set to constant change.

I am no expert, but suggest the following ideas which work for me:-

  • Reflect on a daily basis on how your work fits into the big picture.
  • Get back to nature by going on photo walks, exploring the unexpected and being creative.
  • Use a meditation app  like Simple Habits to take time out on the move.


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