When I ask people (especially men) how life is going they typically reply with…
90% of the time they do not say it with excitement.
90% of the time they do not say it with a sense of peace.
90% of the time they do not say it with a sense of joy and anticipation for what “tomorrow” may bring.
Most of the time their response indicates stress.
Most of the time their reply communicates frustration with life.
Most of the time their response implies they are tired.
Most of the time their answers leave but only a moment for empathy.
95% of the time I know if I’m given 30-60 minutes to sit and hear their story, I could help them devise a plan that will leave them feeling empowered, encouraged, and equipped to do life better without feeling the need to wear “busy” as a badge of honor.
Understand me correctly here…
I’m not claiming to have all the answers.
I’m not claiming I can “fix” everything.
I’m not even claiming a simple 30-60 minute processing and brainstorming conversation will cure their need to always “be busy”.
I’m simply stating people need to be awakened. And I can do that. Heck, anyone can!
I’m on this journey as well. I do not sit here judging folks. I sit here as a man who has walked many of life’s roughest roads.
I’m still learning. I’m still growing. I still need others in my corner coaching me.
This is exactly what qualifies me to lend insights.
Here are four lessons I’ve learned about being busy:
1) Busy is a choice.
2) Busy is an excuse.
3) Busy means priorities are not aligned.
4) Busy is often a myth.
If you have found yourself on the side of “busy”, trust me, you are not alone.
Without me hearing your story, I’ll offer three steps you can take to begin eliminating “busyness” from your life:
- Omit the word BUSY from your vocabulary!
This will help you begin to find new ways to reply when people strike up a conversation and ask you about life. Hopefully, it will help you contemplate life and your answer before giving the standard “hum ho what do ya know” shallow reply “busy”.
- Create a time log!
Log all your activities in each hour of the day. This will help you determine if you are truly busy or if you just “feel” busy because your priorities are misaligned and you suck at time management.
- Create a top three checklist!
Make a list of the top three things you must tend to each day. Then make sure you tend to those top three before anything else is done.
Once you conquer the top three list you can increase it to the top five. Accomplishing the most important tasks on your list at the beginning of each day will ensure you feel accomplished!
Prioritize your life. If everything becomes a priority, nothing is a priority. It’s up to you to figure out what your priorities are.
Stop using the excuse that you are busy when folks ask you to do things. And stop saying yes if you know you cannot follow through.
Be honest and let them know it’s just not a priority for you!
This alone will earn a badge of honor that is far more honorable than the greatest of “intentions”.