Last night I was standing in the security line at the airport. I leaned over for 30 seconds to reorganize something in my bag and when I stood up the line in front of me had moved up about 5 feet. I turned around and the woman behind me glared – “move up already ready!” her eyes said.
Me moving up 5 feet in that span of 30 seconds would not have helped that woman get through the line any faster but she surely was anxious to move up just for the sake up moving up. Apparently that extra space made her uncomfortable and she had to close it off.
This got me thinking on the plane. Do we as humans often move, keep busy, just for the sake of moving? How do we truly make progress vs. just move around? Do you ever spend an entire day at work and at the end of the day wonder what you actually created, or did to really move the ball forward?
Sometimes it is super important to take a step back and identify where you may be moving just for the sake of moving and where you are truly making tangible progress.