Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Busyness--Is It Real or Just An Excuse?

By takomabibelot via Wikimedia Commons
I love this picture. It reminds me of a bygone era, a simpler time when people seemed to read and write more.

But wait, aren't our modern-day inventions supposed to give us more time? What's happened? We've filled the gaps with more things to do. Which is great unless we're using busyness as an excuse.

Okay, let me explain.

I visited Jody Hedlund's Blog the other day. She'd written a very interesting post about how sometimes saying "I'm too busy," is just an excuse. You might want to hop over and read it.

Sometimes people don't understand that when they use the excuse of busyness it implies that others have an abundance of time or that they are lazy. And I know they don't mean it that way . . . or do they?

Oh, that's a scary thought. I'd rather believe they just haven't thought through what they are saying. Which reminds me. At one of my signings a lady told me that if she had time to read she'd read her scriptures. She offended me on many levels: my intelligence, my spirituality, and my work ethic. That slam hurt for quite a while

Here's the deal.

We are all given the same amount of time to do with what we want. Our job on this earth is to learn what matters most. And if we want to reach our full potential, we learn how to prioritize and juggle so that we can do it all.

Now, look at the picture above again. Actually during that era many people were sowing their own clothes, cooking over a fire, and working from sun up to sun down to put a roof over their heads. Yet, there were still those driven to write and read even though their time to do so was minimal.

Things have changed. Yes, our lives seem to be busier, but have we let the excuse of busyness keep us from doing what we want?

I hope not.

What have you done to help you keep busyness in its place? How do you prioritize your day to get the most out of it?

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7 comments:

  1. I think this is a interesting post. YES! I squander time on things extraneous to my writing.

    But I'm also aware that while we're all gifted the same amount of time in day, we're not all given the same amount of responsibilities/calls on our time.

    Use what you have, and be aware of the privilege of having time to write is what I say

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    1. Good points! It is always amazing to me how the busiest people rarely complain about not having time to do things, yet seem to do everything. They are truly amazing and people I want to emulate.

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  2. That's a beautiful painting.

    Sometimes we use busyness as an excuse to procrastinate what we should really be doing. I know I've been there! We usually have more time than we think, but we have to MAKE the time. I agree with Deborah; some people do have more obligations than others. It might mean doing things differently or making some sacrifices, like turning off the TV, preparing a less complex meal, skipping an errand that can wait, setting up a playdate for your kids at a friend's house with the realization you'll have to host all the kids at some point, too, etc. Whatever it is, there's always a little extra time somewhere!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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    1. Laura,
      I agree. Even the busiest person seems to find the time to do what they really want/need to do. I remember a time when my niece had to stay with us while she underwent chemo. I had to move my office into my walk-in closet. I was working full time, kids were in school, and I didn't think there would be time to write. But I did. In fact, I wrote some darn good stories during that stressful time.

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  3. Good post and food for thought. It reminds me of the object lesson where if you put the large rocks (representing the most important things to do) first into a container and then the sand (the fluff or filler things to do), it fits. The other way around doesn't work.

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  4. Writers aren't people who have a lot of time. They're people who put writing before most other activities like t.v. and sleeping late.

    Excuses don't get books written.

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  5. Whenever I say, "I'm too busy to do that," what I really mean is, "I'm interrupted too often to focus on completing that." I think we actually all try to do too much because life is so dang interesting!! I try to budget my time like money. So I like to plan in advance how I'll use my time and then share my plan with people who have different ideas for my time (my kids, husband, door-to-door sales people, friends, phone calls, texts).
    But sometimes I still have to negotiate a new plan!

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