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Why You Should Stop Complaining About Being Busy

I met three different people today, and each time, when I asked, “How are you?” The reply was exactly the same. “I’m Busy”. Honestly, I hear the same answer from the vast majority of people I meet. So I started to think: “Guess what? Everybody’s busy!” I’m busy, you’re busy, everybody’s busy. So you know what? You being busy doesn’t make me sympathetic at all. Because “busy” is the state of the world.

So I’m launching a campaign to stop people from complaining about being “busy.”  It may sound harsh, but the truth is, nobody cares. In a busy world, “being busy” doesn’t stand out. In fact, “busy” doesn’t mean productive, creative, accomplished, or professional.

In fact, let me give you a few quotes about “busy:”

“When someone tells you they are too ‘busy’… It’s not a reflection of their schedule; it’s a reflection of YOUR spot on their schedule.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Busy doesn’t mean better. I have never envied a busy person – the one who likes to point out their busy lives to others.”
― Donna Lynn Hope

“Too busy is a myth. People make time for what’s really important to them.”
– Mandy Hale

“Beware the barreness of a busy life.”
– Socrates

The hard truth is, nobody is too busy – it’s just a matter of priorities.  So the next time someone asks you how you are, maybe it’s time to respond differently.

Because in my experience, the “I’m busy” response is really covering up the fact that they’re not actually accomplishing their real purpose. And “being busy” is the lie they tell themselves about why they can’t achieve it.

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  1. Our culture seems to be built on the business of being busy. We spend a lot of money just to keep ourselves “busy” and unaware of the voice of God speaking in our heart.

  2. Saying, “I’m busy” keeps a person from feeling guilty about not getting something done. If a guy who hasn’t done what he was supposed to feels bad about it, he says, “I’m sorry.” If a guy who hasn’t done what he was supposed to says, “I’m busy”, then that shifts the blame away from him, and he feels better about himself. And, he hopes, this makes me feel sorry for even bugging him about it.

  3. “Busy” is just the easy way to project importance in my opinion. Maybe I’m the worst entrepreneur ever, but I’m never THAT busy for it to be my default response in a conversation. I have plenty of things I’m working on that are too detailed and exciting than to be deduced to one word. Besides, what a missed opportunity to have a REAL conversation and make your mark!

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