Relationships are the life-blood of any successful business. I believe relationships are also the source of a fulfilling life. So how can we make enough time for the special people in our lives?
The Busyness Epidemic
Sometimes our efforts to do more prevents us from spending time with those we care about. Just think about how often you’ve heard someone say, “Sorry, I’m just too busy right now.” Or perhaps you’ve uttered those words recently.
Too often we associate “being busy” with “being productive.” But I believe there is a distinct and significant difference between the two. Anyone can be busy, filling their days with activities that have little benefit or impact to those around them.
But being productive is more than just about getting things done. It’s about focusing on the right things. The important things. And there is nothing more important than the people in our lives.
You Can Make a Change
The good news is that you don’t have to take part in the cult of busyness. You can choose to be more diligent with your time and who you spend it with.
Remember, it doesn’t matter what your title is. Whether you’re an owner or employee, manager or direct report, you are always in control of you. And that goes for how you spend your time and who you spend it with.
So what will it take for you to carve out more time for the most valuable people in your life?
5 Ways to Create Time for Important People
1. Make Time on Your Calendar
If you’re going to spend time with real people, you need to commit to it and put it where you’ll see it. Your calendar is the ideal place to block out time and reserve it. Use it to your advantage by scheduling casual time with your friends and family.
2. Turn Off the Phone
When you’re spending time with someone, make the most of it by turning off your phone. We’ve all been in situations where the person sitting across from us can’t keep their eyes off their device. Give the people you’re with the attention they deserve by shutting down your phone and focus on what’s being said.
3. Put People on Your To-Do List
Our task lists are often full of emails to send, reports to write, and other things involving a computer. But to give people the priority they deserve, try adding more human interaction to your to-do list. It might be as simple as walking around your office and re-connecting with a co-worker. You can also try picking up the phone to call someone you haven’t talked with in a long time.
4. Eat Together
Spending time eating a meal together has so many benefits. Whether it’s dining out at a restaurant or preparing a simple meal at home, eating with someone tends to drown out the busyness of the world. And there are few other settings where you get to know someone as well as during a meal.
5. Learn to Say No
If you still think it’s difficult to find time for other people, then you need to use “no” more often. We tend to think that saying “yes” will give us more opportunities and chances to succeed. But in reality, the inability to say “no” will prevent you from building and nurturing your relationships. And real success always involves other people.
Question: What have you done recently to make time for people in your life? Leave your answer in the comments below.