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Leader, You Are Not Busy. You Are Lazy!

Have you ever considered that being overwhelmed and busy really means you are lazy? This question has haunted me many times as a leader. How about you?

Leaders, You are Not Busy. You are Lazy!

After personally talking to leaders in many cities around the world, I have come to the conclusion that all leaders are busy or at least, think we are.

Leaders with ISB Syndrome wear busyness like a badge of honor. We believe it shows our significance by our activity.

Myth: Activity = Productivity

As we know, activity doesn’t always equate with productivity.

Being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, it is far more unpleasant. Being selective – doing less – is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.

~Tim Ferris, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Four Hour Work Week

“Lazy thinking and indiscriminate action” -that really cuts to the core.

Being overwhelmed is just par for the course in many leaders' life and work.

Get Out of the Lazy-Overwhelmed Pattern of Leadership

Ask yourself the following questions to move toward becoming a healthier and productive leader:

  • How do I see my busyness as being a form of laziness?
  • What are examples in my leadership where I am being lazy in my proactive thinking?
  • What are examples in my leadership where I participate in indiscriminate and unproductive action?
  • What are some ways I could be selective by doing less in order to be more productive?
  • What are the few important people, projects, and tasks which I am committed to?
  • What do I need to ignore?

Jesus himself embodied a “holy unbusy life.” He accomplished so much but only focused on a few people and a few projects. His actions were intentional. He loved and led well. He invites us to live a “holy unbusy life.”

Come unto all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

~ Jesus, the unbusy Savior, Disciple-maker and Shepherd of Kingdom Leaders

As you reflect on these questions, leave an insight you gained in the comments to help others.