It’s actually pretty simple. You’re not too busy; you’ve chosen to be busy.
We tend to make up excuses for not being able to do stuff, but lack of time comes down to lack of priorities. One of the most known ones are “I’m too busy”. It’s okay to be busy, but it’s no okay to make it sound like anything else than a choice.
Why? Well, good news – we’re in control of our own time.
Yes, it’s that simple. If you’re busy, then you have chosen to be so. I’m not implying that being busy is a bad thing. I’m simply saying that if you use being too busy as an excuse (not only to others but also) to yourself, then it’s time to face reality.
No time = No control
I’m all behind making plans, creating goals and hard work. Naturally this often makes a person be busy, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that you are in control. If you tell people you’re too busy all the time, then you’re also saying that you don’t have control of your life.
It comes down to time management and choosing what you say yes to and what you say no to, because you’re always doing both at the same time.
Remember that and then choose carefully what you do with your time. It comes down to priorities and you can still say no to certain things without saying you’re too busy. It’s okay to just say no.
If you’re reading this, then you probably are busy, but only because you choose to be. If you don’t believe me, then just listen to Derek Sivers that says, “I’ve forbidden myself to reply to “How are you?” with “Busy.” I have no right to complain. Instead, if I’m too busy, it’s a cue to re-examine my systems and rules.” (Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss, page 189)
Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998, which became the largest seller of independent music online with $100 million in sales for 150,000 musicians and in 2008 he sold CD Baby for $22 million. Besides being a frequent TED speaker, he also found the time to publish 33 books through his company Wood Egg and write the book Anything You Want.
Time is valuable
If you still feel that you’re too busy and it’s not your fault, then do what Derek Sivers did and revaluate your schedule, system and rules.
Start out slowly by looking at your day: What do you get done? Who do you do it for? How often do you do things that aren’t on your daily plan? Then move ahead and look at your week, and then your month.
Most people will do this and realize they sometimes have days or hours where they actually do other things aside from their plans, which can be small things like watch a TV-show instead of attending a social gathering, or maybe read through DailyMail instead of working.
It’s okay to break free of your daily schedule, because our life shouldn’t be pinpointed by a ticking clock. Time is valuable, but so is your sanity and you need breaks to refocus and regain strength with whatever you’re so busy with.
The point from this exercise is that you will find out holes in your schedule. What you might also realize is that the next time someone asks you to help out or attend an event that you aren’t too busy, because you can actually move some things around – since (big surprise) you’re in control of your time.