Stress and Gettin’ (un)Busy w/ Dr. Garland Vance

January 03, 2023

Are you too stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed? “Busy” is the new normal. Dr. Garland Vance says busyness is an overcommitment to too many good things – and that it will kill you! If you aren’t meeting the goals you set in your personal and professional life, check out this episode with Dr. Vance, to learn more about living with purpose, productivity, and peace.

Episode Highlights:

  • Dr. Vance discusses how he became interested in the issue of busyness. (2:01)
  • Dr. Vance explains the three phases of burnout: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and loss of any sense of personal accomplishment. (5:46)
  • Dr. Vance discusses the impact of busyness on productivity. (9:39)
  • Dr. Vance believes that people can be so preoccupied with doing good things that they are unable to achieve the great things that they want. (11:41)
  • According to Dr. Vance, the simplest approach to protect your people is to give them permission to push back, which sometimes involves saying no. (13:04)
  • Dr. Vance discusses the steps he recommends for being unbusy: Decide, Deconstruct, Design, Develop, and Draw Others In, which took him three years to figure out and apply but will now only take others 30 days to accomplish. (16:41)
  • Dr. Vance explains that busy individuals tend to attempt to cram relationships, recreation, rest, and reflection into the nooks and crannies of life, and there are no nooks and crannies when our lives are so busy. (22:18)
  • Dr. Vance shares how making “busy” a bad word in your family can help you worry less and achieve more. (22:45)

Key Quotes:

  • “Burnout has been closely connected to busyness and over-commitment.” – Dr. Garland Vance
  • “We’re so busy doing so many good things that we can’t actually do the great things that we want to do.” – Dr. Garland Vance
  • “Don’t say, “I’m busy”. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in believing that and instead, make it a bad word…As I said earlier, you’re going to stress a whole lot less and accomplish a whole lot more.” – Dr. Garland Vance

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