Savvy Basics: Three Keys for the I Love to be Busy Personal Style



If you have an I love to be busy personal style, chances are good that this time of year is one of your favorites. Just as the style name implies, I love to be busy folks thrive on hectic schedules. In addition, they:

  • are sure to have at least one time-consuming hobby — maybe even several of them.
  • are often disciplined when it comes to managing their time, but struggle to managing their things — except, of course, for the tools they need to pursue the activities they love. 

Not surprisingly, the biggest stumbling block to organizational success for I love to be busy people is lack of time, so developing an efficient system is essential to their success. Here are a few things that help:

  • Divide and conquer. I love to be busy folks often benefit from having separate storage for separate activities (e.g. a backpack for school items and a duffel bag for their after school sport). Depending on their organizational style, they might also like compartmentalized storage that allows them to see at a glance what’s missing from any given container. Separating supplies by activity also prevents items that are needed for one activity from getting mixed in with materials for something else, saving precious time when running from one thing to the next.
  • Keep it simple. Since time is at a premium for the I love to be busy person, the best containers are those that require as few steps as possible to access. This way, it’s easy to stay organized, even while on the go. Lids that lift, pockets with Velcro and open containers are often good storage solutions.
  • Set aside time to deal with the inevitable pile-ups.  I love to be busy people may lack time, but they’re usually good with schedules. Penciling in a time to pick up and restock, just as they schedule other activities, can help I love to be busy people restore order and keep track of all their varied supplies.

Once upon a time, I would have classified myself as an I love to be busy person. Over time, however, my love for a hectic lifestyle has waned. If you, too, have found that your love for busyness has faded with time, or perhaps you’ve even developed a love-hate relationship with busyness, maybe it’s time to consider re-organizing your time.

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Just as we take a look at our possessions and decide what to keep and what to get rid of, so should we take a look at our calendars and find ways to let go of the clutter. Maybe it’s time to consider using the idea of one in/one out not just with purchases (getting rid of something old when you buy something new), but with activities as well. Or even putting dates with ourselves into our calendars so we’re not left without time to take care of ourselves. This season of preparation might be an ideal time to prepare our calendars for a peaceful transition into a less busy new year.

If you’re an I love to be busy person, what are the key ideas you swear by? Share in the comments below!

For printable information sheets about containers and the styles, click here.

Copyright 2015 Lisa Hess


About Author

Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

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  1. The busy lifestyle comes in seasons for me. I work hard at not over scheduling myself and I have to say even then things creep up on me. Keeping a good running calendar of my todo’s with timely text or email reminders has helped me to keep the important matters at the forefront of my mind. If I am too busy to put it in my calendar immediately then I am too busy altogether.

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