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.”
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.