Crazy Busy or Happy Busy?

I have a very simple Dr. Success challenge to start your new month.

Dr. Success Challenge:  Answer these questions:  Do you have a tendency of describing your day as ‘crazy busy’?  If so, how do you feel when you describe your day that way?

As an experiment, when asked, describe your day as ‘happy busy’.  Take note of how that feels.

My professional observation is that when an individual describes their day as ‘crazy busy’ they are describing a state of overwhelm, attempting to create the image of self-aggrandized importance, or they have lots of tasks they feel obligated to get done, but the tasks do not feed their life purpose or natural strengths.

Life is no April Fool’s day.  Each moment is the only one you have.  Would you prefer to be ‘crazy busy’ that moment, or ‘happy busy’?  You decide.  You always do.

Thank you for reading.  Please share with others and let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment.

Andrea Goeglein, Ph.D.
About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.
8 Responses
  1. You hit the nail square on the head…..the perception of “happy busy” makes all the difference between a day spent lamenting all of my responsibilities, or a day spent in gratitude for the fact that I love my work, and am grateful to be able to DO it.

  2. judy cohan

    I love this idea…..such a small step that can have a big impact on my day. I so appreciate how a small shift in our language can put a whole new spin on things. I am going to share this as well as post it in my calendar, as a reminder that I have a choice!. Your other comments also speak to me: many years ago I realized that I needed to be crazy busy in order to let other people know how hard I work. I think that was/is the corporate culture. Otherwise, “you just might not be working hard enough” Thanks again for your insight

  3. William Freyd

    I am a compulsive organizer of time. My calendar is set up to a year, or more, in advance. Only rarely, when forces beyond my control impact it, does it get out of hand, or “Crazy Busy.”

    While I do make changes in my schedule, those changes are made based on clearly set priorities.

    I don’t seek “Happy Busy” as much as I do achievement, fulfillment and control.

    1. Andrea Goeglein, Ph.D.

      William, You hit all the key points for making the right choices for you. You know how you prefer to operate and actually enjoy doing it that way – it is not a burden and it satisfies several needs. For me, that is what happy busy would feel like. Not guided by ‘must do’s’ but by ‘want to do’s’.

  4. Resa Albert

    I love your suggestion of replacing crazy busy with happy busy. This is a reminder of the power of language. I can feel the energy shifting from burden/victim busy to joyful busy. My friends will appreciate your words, I know I do. Thank you.

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