Is your ‘Busyness’ an excuse?
When was the last time you complained about being busy?
When was the last time you used being busy as an excuse not to do something?
When was the last time you proudly boasted that you were so busy you couldn’t possibly fit another thing into your diary – using busyness as a badge of honour?
I am no angel, and I am not perfect, but I have done a hell of a lot of personal development and on my journey of growing awareness, I have learnt how much I used to use being busy as an excuse.
An excuse not to exercise.
An excuse not to lose weight.
An excuse not to clean my house.
An excuse not to tidy my house.
An excuse not to be creative.
An excuse not to fulfill my goals.
I used busyness as an excuse for everything.
And that’s just what busyness is – an excuse.
Did you know that there are 168 hours in a week?
If you take your week and map out how many hours you spend doing things, you’ll realise that being busy is just a smoke screen.
Don’t believe me?
- Ok – take 168 hours and minus 56 hours for sleep (8 hours/night)
- Next – take the remaining 112 hours and subtract 40 hours for work (8 hours/day)
- And then – take remaining 72 hours and minus 21 hours for eating, cooking and food preparation (3 hours/day)
- Finally – take 51 hours and divide it by 7 and you’ll discover just over 7 hours/day that you have at your disposal.
Do you get where I’m going with this? We know that if you want something done, ask a busy person. Why is that? Because they understand that you can always find time to do the things you want to do. Always!
I have been astonished how I can drop everything when my family needs me. When there is an emergency and I have to give my time to caring for my ailing parent, I find the time. I squeeze my jobs into the smaller window of time and manage to get the same results because I have to. There is no choice.
What more could you achieve if you stopped making excuses and actually prioritised what’s important to you? And then took the time to get that stuff done?
Imagine what your life would look like if, rather than just scheduling in your meetings and appointments, you also scheduled in your exercise, and your free time, and your meals, and your night out with your friends and your games night with your family?
You would find the time for all the things you want to do simply because you would have made the time.
So, in the future, you can choose how you spend your time. It’s your life and it’s your choice. Don’t waste it.