You run from meeting to meeting, your inbox is always full, and you never really feel like your to-do list is complete. We get it. Something we've learned is that there simply are not enough hours in the day. So we've complied a list of things to look out for when nothing seems to slow down.

You’re More Likely to Miss Opportunities

Opportunities can occur anywhere and are often spontaneous and unexpected. They’re a great chance to build your business, boost your reputation, and to help you become more reputable in your industry. When you’re too busy, however, these chances are usually mistaken for distractions. Giving yourself enough time to relax allows you to be open for when opportunities arise.

You Don’t Prioritize Effectively

Knowing how to prioritize your time is important. It’s how we separate the things that need to be done right away with those that can wait. When you’re constantly busy, you feel like nothing can wait. This can cause you to stress out and become less efficient with your time. Allowing yourself some time to figure out what tasks you need to be completed first will actually improve your productivity because you’ll be using your time more wisely.

You’re More Likely to Multitask

When you’re busy, the idea to complete multiple tasks at once seems like a good one. But the truth is, multitasking can lead to poor performance. Focusing on more than one thing can confuse you and cause you to make mistakes you wouldn’t make otherwise. Instead, focus your attention on one thing. Without distractions, your brain will be able to perform the job better and you might discover that you finish tasks faster without any distractions.

You Don’t Have Time to Think

If you don’t understand it by now, having time to think and organize your life isn’t time wasted. When you’re too busy, you don’t have enough time to really think about what needs to be done. Deep thinking leads to better ideas, better performance, and a deeper satisfaction in the work that you complete.

You Don’t Perform as Efficiently

Working like a busy bee will not only wear you out, it can also hurt the quality of your work. Just like multitasking can break your focus, too much work can also make you miss common mistakes and cause your problem solving skills to decline. In order to perform your best, you need to take breaks in between tasks. Give your mind a break so that it has a chance to adjust to the next task at hand.

You Lose Your Motivation

When you’re too busy, you often forget what’s driving you. Ideally, you’re busy because you’re working toward something. However, when you get wrapped up in each task, it’s easy to forget your overall purpose. Your “why” is what motivates you and allows you to persevere through a crazy work schedule and stressful moments. When things get too hectic, it’s always a good idea to refresh your mind and remember your purpose.

Having a lot of things to do isn’t a bad thing; it can be a sign of success. However, being busy without a purpose will wear you thin and lead to dissatisfaction. Remember to take the time to think things through and schedule out your day. If you need additional help lightening up your busy schedule, contact us to learn about how hiring a Virtual Executive Assistant can help.