Backstory: the position above me has been vacant since I accepted my current job. Not a big deal. Sure, the workload has been maximized because those job tasks fell on me and another manager. Really – the entire workload fell to everyone. Nonetheless, hiring for that position has been much needed. Typical of the federal workforce, I could churn butter faster than expecting a decision to be made.
Of course I applied for that job, even though I’d only been in my position for 4 months. Because, why not. So when I found out I didn’t get the job, I was a little disappointed for a moment. Now, writing and reflecting on it in the days after, I’m actually very thankful. Prioritizing my own health, fitness, to-do list, school, and a million other tasks has been challenging. Don’t get me wrong: I have an incredible wingwoman and staff that make it all worth it. I enjoy responsibility. However, it sure will be nice when I can unload a few things off my plate.
Minus the week away from school and the return to 124 emails, I was feeling stressed about not “jumping back in” to everything. I found myself leisurely writing the first assignment, forgetting to prioritize my workouts, and generally not trying very hard. Then, I read an article about how society places being busy as a value everyone should strive to obtain. News flash. Even I was guilty of portraying this value to others, specifically my staff. How many times have I said just look busy? Perhaps it’s not the same as to look busy vs be busy but I said it nonetheless.
That week away refreshed me, gave me renewed purpose, and reconnected me to someone I love beyond words. I needed it. Needed. My soul needed it. However, as a type A, it can be so difficult to embrace not being busy.
Often, I must remind myself: the badge of being busy does not equate to value, to actually accomplishing anything, and it certainly shouldn’t define a life with purpose. If busy is indeed a badge, then it’s time to rethink how often I wear it. Maybe just special occasions.
I ask you –
Is being busy also your badge of honor?
Are you a type A? B? Is there a C?
Share with me how you prioritize yourself!
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In my many travels: I found it interesting that small talk in the States goes something like this What’s your name? Oh, nice. What do you do for a living? Whereas in other countries, the follow-up to what’s your name, might be something like how do you spend your free time? I think in the States we have a tendency to link our identity to our profession. So, if we are not super busy at work, then we are empty shells. Fortunately, this is somewhat changing . . . Thanks, Gen Z.
To answer your question: Is being busy also your badge of honor?
It used to be until I “busied” myself out of a promotion. Essentially, I was told that since I was so good in my role, that it would be better for the company if Employee A took over the more senior role. It felt like a huge slap in the face because I typically worked 12+ hrs days and at least half days on weekends. This other guy always managed to come to work around 9:30 am and leave by 5:30 pm M-F.
So true. Other countries pride themselves on living life instead of working to live. Our priorities are all wrong.
The hubby and his European mentalility helped me out with that one. 😉
For our 1st vacation together when we were dating, he was baffled bc I told him I had to skip breakfast so I could get a couple of hours of work out of the way. He was like so basically you came on vacation to do work. That was the last time, I brought my laptop with me on vacation.
The only problem, you end up with 4X the amount of work when you return from vacation.
I’d rather return to loads of work than take it with me. Vacation is mandatory!