Thursday, February 4, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

I'm about to hop up on my soapbox, and I apologize for that. But after I finally bounced back from my rough couple weeks, it started to become a abundantly clear that my mindset was the root of my issues.

How many times in the past week have you said one, two, or even all of these these things?

"I can't, I'm busy."
"Oh my goodness, I've just been so busy lately."
"I totally forgot, I got busy and it slipped my mind."
"Don't they understand I'm busy?"
"You just don't even understand how busy I've been!"
"I don't have time for that, I've been really busy lately."

You're seeing the common theme here, right? This is what you probably look like:

In the past decade we've somehow started wearing "busy" as badge of honor. With the fast pace of the  world around us and our reliance on technology, we're always "on" and that makes us always "busy." But I'm tired of hearing it.

I'll be the first to admit that people used to preach this to me, and I always thought this was a stupid thing to get upset about. I mean, I've done it herehere, here, and here (to name a few). But in retrospect, when we stop acting like being busy is a burden and learn to appreciate the opportunities that are making us busy, the world around us changes completely.

We're all busy in our own way. We've all got our priorities as well. And those might not always make sense to the people around you. But as long as you're doing something that makes you happy every day, even if it makes you busier-- do it. It's worth it. It makes life worth living. And stop complaining about it.

Nobody that is successful and busy is complaining about it, are they? And success doesn't fall in your lap. You work for it. You keep your wheels moving. You stay busy. 

So instead of creating a pity party for yourself because you're busy, think about why you are. Are these opportunities that you are grateful for? If not, then why are you doing it? Do you get some form of enjoyment out of this? If not, stop doing it. Will doing this help you get further in your career? If not, stop wasting time and think about the future.

I'm not here to say it's all rainbows and butterflies out there. Some things just suck. But you're doing them for some reason or another. So suck it up. Think about the final outcome. And, please, just for me, don't use it as an excuse.

There's 24 hours in a day and we all make time for the things that matter most to us.
Time manage.
Get shit done.
Be this guy.

I've made a promise to myself to stop complaining and to completely avoid using the word "busy" for the next couple of weeks. Because neither of these things are helping me accomplish any goal. If you want something, go after it, and with a vengeance. You won't regret that, I promise you. Will you regret that night you spent whining on the phone to your mom/sister/boyfriend/best friend about something? Maybe not right now, but when you think about the hours wasted complaining instead of doing, you may think about things a little differently.

Even the Washington Post has something to say about this. I'll hop off my soapbox now, but I'll leave you with my favorite quote-- because I think it says all of this in a clear, motivating way:

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. And go do it. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive." -Howard Thurman

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