As I’ve often said in previous posts, I have been so fortunate in my career to work in multiple areas in education. I’ve been a teacher, instructional coach, district admin and I’ve taught at the post-secondary level. With each change in position, I have been able to look at situations in education through a different lens and I’ve been able to actually walk in the shoes of different positions and what the day entails to serve whichever stakeholders I serve to the best of my ability.
Personally, I’ve been a student, a college student, a college student with kids, a wife, a mother who worked part-time, a mother who worked full-time, a mom who worked full time and finished grad school, and a mother who worked several jobs at once. I’ve always thought, in every situation, that I was extremely busy. With all of these personal and professional experiences, I’ve noticed one commonality. People wear busyness as a badge of honor.
I’ve had several of these discussions around the idea of being busy, but most recently the #edtechafterdark guys posted about busyness as a badge, and that has really resonated with me lately. I made a conscious decision awhile ago to stop talking about how busy I was. Sometimes, I still fall into the old habit that when someone asks me what I’ve been up to, I’ll answer that things have been crazy/busy/insane, but really, I’ve become better at realizing that being busy is relative.
I could give multiple examples both personally and professionally where people around me have declared a task can’t be because they’re busy. It usually starts with, “I can’t” or “I could never” or “That would be impossible”, yet there is another person, who may or may not have as much to do who will pick up the task and finish it with flare. When reflecting on this, I was reminded of this quote by George Couros: