As you’ll hear in the short video above, “‘Busy’ has become the new ‘Fine’.” As in, when you ask somebody how they were doing, they used to answer, “Fine.” But nowadays, everybody answers, “Busy.”
[Don’t worry, it’s just over 3 minutes long – if you feel you haven’t got time, you NEED to read on]
Each of us can take intentional steps to unbusy our lives and rediscover what’s truly important.
Consider this Helpful 7 Step Guide to Becoming Unbusy:
1. Stop the glorification of busy. Busy, in and of itself, is not a badge of honour. In fact, directed at the wrong pursuits, it is actually a limiting factor to our full potential. It is okay to not be busy. Repeat this with me: It is okay to not be busy.
2. Appreciate and schedule rest. One of the reasons many of us keep busy schedules is we fail to recognise the value of rest. But rest is beneficial to our bodies, our minds, and our souls. Set aside one day per week for rest and family. Intentionally schedule it on your calendar. Then, guard it at all costs.
3. Revisit your priorities. Become more intentional with your priorities and pursuits in life. Determine again what are the most significant contributions you can offer this world. And schedule your time around those first. Busyness is, at its core, about misplaced priorities.
4. Own fewer possessions. The things we own take up far more time and mental energy than we realise. They need to be cleaned, organised, and maintained. And the more we own, the more time is required. Own less stuff. And find more time because of it.
5. Cultivate space in your daily routine. Take time for lunch. Find space in your morning to sit quietly before starting your day. Invest in solitude, meditation, or yoga. Find opportunity for breaks at work in between projects. Begin right away cultivating little moments of space and margin in your otherwise busy day.
6. Find freedom in the word, “no.” Seneca wrote, “Everybody agrees that no one pursuit can be successfully followed by a man who is preoccupied with many things.” Recognise the inherent value in the word “no.” Learning to say “no” to less important commitments opens your life to pursue the most important.
7. Realise that being busy is a choice. It is a decision we make. We are never forced into a lifestyle of busyness. The first, and most important, step to becoming less busy is to simply realise that our schedules are determined by us. We do have a choice in the matter. We don’t have to live busy lives.
When Tony Robbins at the age of 17 first saw his mentor, Jim Rohn, at a seminar he heard the words that shaped his own path; “If you want your life to change, YOU have to change.”
Busy does not need to define you. Unbusy is possible. It’s okay to be happy with a calm life. And doesn’t that sound wonderful right about now?