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Are You Productive or Just Being Busy?
Being Busy and Being Productive are two different things.


Is being 'busy' your way of life?

Do you hear your friends say "gee I've been so busy lately", maybe you have heard yourself say the same. This default way of living to me is a syndrome, I have coined it the 'too busy syndrome'.

The dictionary states that a syndrome is ~ a characteristic combination of opinions, emotions, or behaviour ~ a group of symptoms which consistently occur together, or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms.


Being busy is not something to be admired. It comes at a great cost, affecting our lives in many subtle yet powerful ways. If you have the 'too busy syndrome' it could be costing you the life you really want. A 'too busy' lifestyle can create turmoil and unrest in so many areas of your life.

Do any of these examples of 'too busyness' sound familiar to you:

  • You 'run out of time' and don't work on creating your life as you desire.
  • You are not as efficient and creative as you would like.
  • You feel deflated, uninspired and stressed.
  • Your relationships could be better.
  • Your health is suffering,
  • Your life-force is low and not feeling vital.
  • Your quality of life is not ideal.
  • Your eating habits are .....

Fill in the gap and add your own personal list of damaging effects being 'too busy' has on your life?

If these examples ring true to you and would like to be less busy, contemplate the following:



Ways to be Less Busy

  • Repeat over and over to yourself that being busy is a choice, make it your mantra.
    Being busy has become a social conditioning that's gone crazy. Choose to opt out. Choose change. Increase your awareness about how, why, where and when you are so busy and find ways of dealing with it.
  • The antidote to the 'too busy syndrome' is to engage a steady, comfortable pace.
    Use the power of your mind to Visualise a pace of life you really want. Write it out, with detail. Don't be concerned about How to do it, simply take simple action towards your vision. Remember the tortoise and the hare?
  • Mindfulness will assist you to single task. Stop multitasking.
    This will help you to; feel less busy; improve your effectiveness and quality of the task at hand; practice mindfulness, that is, meditation in action; reduce feelings of stress.
  • Learn to say No.
    When you stop taking on things that don't add any value to your life, you begin to say yes to being less busy and yes to what is important to your life. You begin to release the insidious spread of conditioned influence and control of the 'too busy syndrome'.
  • Get clear on what is important to you.
    Prioritise what is important to you and let go of commitments, activities and habits that created your 'too busy syndrome'. Prioritise good-healthy eating, mindful physical exercises that includes breath awareness ie yoga, and learn to meditate.
  • Feng shui your email inbox.
    Your inbox could be likened to your home. Why would you accept unknown salespeople, any Tom, Dick or Harry elbowing their way into your home to get your immediate attention and precious time any day or night of your week. When this happens in your inbox you can be sure the 'too busy syndrome' is at play.
  • Be focussed with less interruption.
    When you are contactable and immediately available to everyone 24/7 turmoil and the 'too busy syndrome' is bound to raise its ugly head. Continual interruptions and diversions during your day play havoc with effectiveness and your important choices for the day. Being distracted sucks your time and energy. It inceases the 'too busy syndrome'.
  • Schedule a work plan in your diary.
    A plan will prioritise what is most important to you and gives you the necessary anchors to reduce your risk of being sucked into the 'too busy syndrome'.
  • Add more time on the clock.
    Often things take longer than we think they will. So add time to your schedule by building in contingency time to allow for that.
  • Sometimes the best way forward is to take a step back.
    Being stressed and feeling pressured in your busyness reduces your vitality, health and wellbeing. It is scientifically proven that a 20 minute Yoga Nidra, down time and rest improves your ability to learn new information and work more effectively. If you feel you are chained to a computer desk simply take regular breaks: stand up, stretch, walk around the desk/office, take a few deep breaths out, look out a window and gaze as far into the distance as you can while softening the tiny muscles around your eyes. Do this every hour for a few minutes.
  • Maintain strong personal boundaries.
    This is a perfect way to reduce and manage the 'too busy syndrome'. Protect what matters most to you and ask yourself what are the boundaries could I set that would help me recover and heal from the 'too busy syndrome'?
  • Remove the word busy from your vocabulary.
    Refrain from telling yourself, and anyone else that will listen, how busy you are. Focus on what supports you and creates a new paradigm for yourself. Protect your health and wellbeing by living at a pace that cares for your choice of lifestyle.


If any of these resonate with you, then you know they will benefit you by taking action. Maybe you could add a few more to this list. I would be happy to hear from you if you would like to share your ideas. In yoga and light, Kate Nirlipta.

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I am delighted to recommend Kate Nirlipta to anyone at all who is interested in experiencing heart based wisdom through embodied yoga. She is simply the best yoga teacher I have been fortunate enough to learn from. Her approach remains influential in my own practice and teaching. Kate first inspired me fifteen years ago to practice yoga. I was an ex dance teacher still grappling with issues resulting from a car accident and a crushed T12. Her sensitive and knowledgable teaching helped me discover a new way of experiencing my self and my body and began my love affair with the transformative power of yoga on all levels. She also introduced me to the incredible practice of Yoga Nidra . Last year in 2012 I attended a yoga teacher training intensive in Bali largely for the opportunity to again learn from Kate. Her mastery as a teacher and her heart felt warmth and compassion was acknowledged and highly valued by all in the course who were wide ranging in age and cultural backgrounds. She embodies her teaching and has encouraged us all to find our own authentic way to do this in our practice and the classes we offer. I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to learn from her and would encourage anyone of any age or experience to take to opportunity to learn from this outstanding teacher.


Jacki, Narooma
from : NSW, Australia
I love yoga with Kate! Yoga day is my favourite day of the week, a special time I dedicate to myself.
Kate has shown me that yoga is so much more than postures and stretches.Her knowledge and experience is shared gently with love and kindness.The Breathing Space studio is filled with loving, healing energy. Natural light floods the room, the birds sing in the garden and the ocean waves area gentle sigh in the distance. A very special place to practice yoga and meditation.
I feel blessed to have found Kate and her classes. Her yoga is the real deal, truly a mind, body and spirit experience. Thank you Kate.


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