I’m Too Busy For This

July 17, 2019

Do you say it?  You do.  I know you do.

“I’m too busy.”

Most of us say it.  I do.  You do.

And you know what?  Most of the time it’s what we make up and tell ourselves.

You’re really not too busy.  Not for the most important stuff.   It’s just this gets in your way…

Less-to-unimportant stuff is clogging up your life.

The bigger question is…why do we let less-to-important stuff rule our days to the point we lie to ourselves and others that we’re “too busy?”

Partly, I’d say it’s our culture.  It’s cool to be too busy.  If we weren’t too busy, we wouldn’t be important.

Partly, it’s because people want us when we’re busy.  So, we make ourselves busy because then we must be good.  Prospects always want what others want.

And maybe…just maybe…it’s because you’re choosing to deceive yourself.  It’s easier to *think* you’re too busy because then you don’t have to sort things out, set priorities and follow your plan.

When you’re too busy, you miss some truly important opportunities. 

Like the chance to think and strategize, to exchange ideas and brainstorm with others, to investigate opportunities that don’t follow the usual path.

Today, take just one really unimportant thing off your plate.

With that time, call a colleague to talk through an idea you’ve had, but put on the back-burner, or a problem that’s been vexing you.

You truly can stop being “too busy.”  It’s one baby step at a time.

Go forth and do great things,

Martha Hanlon and Chris Williams

Martha Hanlon and Chris Williams


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