I read a great article the other day entitled “Busy Is Not A Badge of Honor,” which really resonated with me. I think, as professional IDD service providers, you can all agree with me that sometimes the sheer volume of the demands on your time can mean busy-ness is occasionally mandatory and may begin to overshadow the meaning and purpose with which you began your career/calling.
While I won’t presume to regurgitate what Brian de Haaff wrote in the article (seriously, read it – it’s great!), I will say that this has become more and more of a persistent problem in the lives of those who spend their lives serving others with Special Needs! While this is and always has been a 24/7 job of vital importance, leaders must always be mindful of the example they set, and of the integrity, character and wellness they model.
As a (growth mind-set) leader in your business, show that you value time management, self-organization, efficient tools as well as self-control, by taking charge of your own schedule and planning your activities whenever possible! Yes, of course, there will always be crises and emergency situations (and occasional pockets of busy-ness) when you’re responsible for the well-being of others but remember: You are NOT a fireman! Stop allowing others to set your priorities, encourage your staff to plan and problem-solve, and reintroduce meaning and “quality of life” to your own daily life.