Breaking Busy was just what I needed to start the new year off. In an attempt to simplify and live more off of my new life motto “if it’s not a hell yes it’s a no”, I must break the cycle of busy. The first line that I underlined in this book says ” I think as women we’ve convinced ourselves that being busy is a badge of honor.” *insert praise hands emoji* I am completely guilty of that. I AM busy. A good kind of busy, working part time for my parents, part time substitute teacher, part time photogapher, full time blogger, full time mom and wife. It’s a lot! But it doesn’t make my worth any higher the busier I am.
Alli talks about capacity in this first chapter, about how learning to embrace your capacity allows you to live out your calling. I have limits, you have limits. Sometimes we learn them the hard way. Sometimes we think we can handle more than we ACTUALLY can handle. It’s all about finding balance, or as Alli refers to it– “the sweet spot”.
“Our true sweet spot is the place where we know we are operating at our best.”
It’s not about perfection, but it means we are taking care of ourselves and living the best life we can.
The biggest takeaway from this book for me was the chapter on decision making. Alli presents The Five Fs for Decision Making towards the end of this book and they really made me stop and think not only about the decisions that I make, but the ones that Brandon and I make for our family. It’s been a good framework to start thinking about, and it has really enhanced some confidence in our decision making abilities.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed how Alli breaks the chapters down and gives powerful real testimony to her life and how she came up with this framework. She talks through her mistakes, her successes, and is hilarious. The first story alone was worth reading because it has happened in some sort of way to all of us! (Hint: about “losing” a cell phone.)
How are you Breaking Busy in your life?
Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book thank to Alli and her Breaking Busy Launch team. The review is strictly my own.