We all like to feel special and there’s one really easy way we like to do it. We convince ourselves that we’re ‘too busy’ to do stuff.
It’s such a good one – we feel important, we feel like we’re needed and we don’t feel guilty that we’re not doing what we set out to do. Plus it’s just so easy to believe: ‘I’m busy and I’m not going to the gym everyday’ so easily becomes ‘I’m not going to the gym everyday because I’m busy’.
It’s so easy to make a link that, in reality, doesn’t exist.
There are busy people who go to the gym everyday. There are busy people who read for 30 minutes everyday. There are busy people who make healthy, delicious food to take to work. There are busy people writing blog posts, seeing their friends and family, taking their dog for a walk. And a lot of these people are just as busy as you. The only difference is that these people make time.
You’re busy – you’re not just going to find a spare hour floating around. No one is successful because they find time.
You have to make it.
Why we say we’re ‘too busy’
I think when we use the ‘too busy’ excuse there is usually one of three things going on:
- There is some other reason you’re putting it off (maybe you’re scared of failing or you’re waiting until you’re able to do it ‘perfectly’)
- It’s just not that important at the moment (and that’s ok)
- You’re saying it to someone else to cover up the fact you don’t want to do something (this is a whole other issue as long as you don’t actually believe the excuse)
And you really have to be honest with yourself to figure out which one it is.
I’d been using the ‘too busy’ excuse with this blog for the last 2 months. I had myself convinced I was too busy to post something even when I knew I was no busier than I have been in the past. But the real problem is actually that I put so much pressure on myself to be ‘perfect’ and to write good posts that I put it off when I feel like I can’t live up to my expectations. And I use the ‘too busy’ excuse.
If you’ve read this blog before you’d know that this isn’t a new problem.
But over the last few weeks I’ve been making the time to write everyday (some of it good, some of it super shit) to help get over this problem. I definitely won’t be posting all of it, but I’ve started to build up a bank of blog posts and, with the help of post scheduling, will have a new post up on the blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
I am not too busy. And neither are you.
It’s all a matter of priorities and figuring out what’s really going on.
What do you think?
Do you ever use this excuse? Do you really think you’re too busy to do the things you’ve been putting off?
Don’t forget that comments are always welcome and appreciated – I’d LOVE to hear what you have to say!