Why You Should Stop Saying "I'm Busy" and What to Say & Do Instead

#organized busy commitments focus priorities schedule Oct 31, 2022

“I hear it all the time (and I myself used to be a frequent offender)…the word “busy”. Ask someone how they are doing…. or if they are available to hang out or jump on a call… and the response is “I’m so BUSY”.

Let’s dig into this a little bit deeper. I’m not saying you do not have a lot on your plate, I get it… between all the commitments and responsibilities you have with family, business and life… it all adds up.

But many times if we are feeling this way, there are things you can do:

1. Assess your schedule

Take a look at what’s going on. Look at your schedule, not at a glance, but at what is taking up all your time and making you busy. See if there are things you have on your schedule that are not required or not helping you work towards achieving your goals and see if you can free up some time.

2. Set or Re-Set Boundaries

If you find yourself frequently saying yes to things and putting yourself or your business on the back burner. Try to set some boundaries and make sure you protect the time you have to spend on your business and yourself. If you don’t make time for it… it will never happen.

3. Prioritize

“Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority” and see how that feels. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently”- Wall Street Journal. What is a priority to you and what you are looking to achieve? Need I say more?

4. Change Your Response

Instead of just saying “I’m Busy”, you could replace it with what is actually on your schedule, for example: “I have a new project I am working on next week, so let’s take a look at the following week” or something like that. The issue is when you say your “busy” all the time, especially with family, friends and those who may be interested in hiring you… they will stop asking.

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