The most common reply I receive when asking ‘how are you?’, is ‘Im just SO busy.’ Yet I have to wonder if this ‘busyness’ is just a quick response, a way to verify our importance. Im busy, therefore I am important. But how often is your ‘busyness’ productive?
‘Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans’. John Lennon
I have found that busy can actually mean chaotic and stressed, and means I’m unsure how to plan my time efficiently and effectively.
I know this to be true for myself. Yesterday I failed to plan my day right, therefore I found myself doing things twice, taking longer and having to redo things that should have been done and rush to get everything into my day. Failure to plan created anxiety, stress and pure frustration at myself.
We all have the same amount of hours in the day. We all have the same hours as Beyonce & Barack Obama, you have the same amount of hours as the person who inspires you most.
Busy, does this verify your importance? Not at all. Busy can mean the opposite, it can mean that you are not taking the time to evaluate your core needs and core requirements i.e fitness, healthy eating and ‘me’ time. Busy can be a disguise for the things we hide inside, particularly loneliness. In a social aspect I know certain people who book up there social calendar until its overflowing, as a way to feel wanted, needed. Then because they have not yet discovered the importance of commitment to your word, they cancel last minute. Is this productive? A sign of respect or appreciation for your loved ones time and energy? (I used to be prone to doing this ALL the time, now, if I say I will be somewhere I will).
Busy…what are you chasing? Success? That promotion at work? The pat on the back? The 6 pack?
‘So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things.’ Morrie Schwartz
Take some time to SLOW down, appreciate the moment you are in and ou will see, this is happiness. Not tomorrow or when those things happen, right now. Take time to breathe. If thats all you do today, thats fine to. Breathe it all in, let it all out. Deeply.
When we take a time out from the ‘busyness’, notice what comes up for you…boredom? Loneliness? Look into your emotions and feelings and where they are derived from. This will give you a greater sense of self, a sense of strength to be more productive in everything you do.
‘No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.’ Mary Kay Ash
Busy is a word that the monkey mind loves. Thoughts swinging around, no mental focus or clarity, 100 projects on the go with no real direction. Hmm, no wonder by the end of the day you feel exhausted.
Take time to plan effectively, every day. As Im building a business, I have found that I say ‘yes’ to anything and everything (work) that comes my way, as you know there is no stability when you work for yourself, so Im living in a ‘do what you can now’ mentality.
But I needed to take a step back. Last week I was sick for a whole week. I cant remember the last time I have felt so bad. It was my body, letting me know I needed to slow down.
‘Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.’ Thomas A. Edison
6am Morning movement
Breakfast, Blog, Social Media
Get myself pretty (attempt 😉
Lunch, admin/design, emails, social media.
TRAINING (I missed you)
Prepare orders. READ, Meditate or Yoga. Bed by 10pm.
This may not look like a lot, but I am happy to say, I am proud of my efforts, my accomplishments, every day, especially the days that I plan.
Love & light, Charlie x.
Make a plan and commit to it. Are you busy or productive.