Read this if you're always busy
'I don't have time'
'I'm too busy'
'Sorry, I'm slammed'
You've probably said at least one of these phrases in the last week or two. I get it. We all have jobs, responsibilities, errands, and chores to deal with. We're busy at work, we're busy at home, so our time is very precious to us. Before I go on with this article, let me just say:
We are lovely, wonderful, great, but...
We get in our own way.
All the time.
I bet you've used the phrase 'Sorry, but I'm so busy' when you didn't want to do something: take on a project, meet up with someone, or participate in some kind of an event. Saying that we're too busy has become our go-to when we don't want to do something.
It's almost like when you were a kid, and your friend asked you; 'Hey, wanna go play outside?'
If you didn't feel like it, you responded with 'Sorry, my parents said no.' Nice, you got out of an unwanted situation, and you didn't hurt their feelings in the process!
Now that we're grown ups, we can't use our parents as an excuse. However, because we are now responsible adults... We use time as an excuse. I understand that saying 'no' to someone is harder than simply saying you're busy, but because of this silly habit, we're beginning to lie to ourselves too.
Is there a side project that you really want to start? Is there a side hustle you want to build? Are you really passionate about books but you haven't read anything in the last year?
If you said yes, but you haven't gotten around to doing it just yet, it's probably because you don't have time. But let me ask you this... If somebody were to give you $1,000,000 dollars in order for you to start that side hustle ALONGSIDE your 9-5 job, would you do it? If somebody payed you to continue making those videos that you really want to make, whilst still studying full-time, would you do it?
I know your answer is YES.
The point that I'm making here is - it's not about TIME, it's about our priorities. If meditating was your priority, you would simply find the time to do it. If exercising was your priority, you would wake up an hour earlier and go to the gym. If building your side hustle was a priority, you'd work on it after you're back from your 9-5.
We're all busy. We all have jobs to do and bills to pay. However, if you start using this as your constant excuse as to why you can't do something, you're only hurting yourself. You're only stopping yourself from doing something that you really, really want.
We spend hours on social media scrolling through non-sense, we binge watch an entire season of a TV show on Netflix...
So tell me - is not having time really the problem?