'Its not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?' - Henry David Thoreau
This got me thinking.
We all seem to be rushing around these days. Always on our way to or from something, with little time to stop and breathe.
But is this really the case? Or are we making excuses? Saying we're 'busy' more than it's actually true, maybe out of habit or to protect the little downtime we do have?
We all use the 'I'm busy' excuse, and I am no different. I even think it is okay to use that excuse now and again but we cant keep using it.
Most of the time we simply need to face the uncomfortable thing we are avoiding - because that is what you are doing when you say you are busy or use any excuse for that matter. Especially, if the thing you are avoiding is actually pleasant - such as socialising with friends, going out for dinner or going shopping.
Often when we say we are busy it is because we simply don't feel like doing something. This is ok - now and again. We are all entitled to some lazy time.
But when we are 'busy' too often it becomes a habit. And not a good habit.
Doing things we don't feel like doing is one of the biggest hurdles to achievement and success, but it also has some of the biggest pay offs.
Having the self discipline to kick your own arse into gear when you would rather
just watch another hour of TV is a true sign of your seriousness and your determination to succeed at something. And if you can do it once, you can do it again, and again, and again.
In order to be truly productive, and to maximise the valuable time you have, you need to stop being 'busy' by saying no more, prioritise all your tasks properly, and get on with the stuff that needs to get done. Being busy is also a waste of your limited energy.
Next time you feel the 'I'm busy' excuse brewing, take a moment to look at the situation. Are you just using it as an excuse to avoid something unwanted or uncomfortable when you could just say no?
Or are you truly busy, working on a high-priority goal or commitment?
And if you even think about using it for a fun activity, kick your own arse and get out there. NO excuses! No one should be turning down pleasure activities - especially when the positive natural high you feel afterwards can last for days.
So stop being 'busy' unnecessarily, stop wasting time on things that aren't a priority for you, and start becoming more productive TODAY.