Do you ever feel like life’s ‘too busy’ and seems a bit out of control? Have you ever went too ‘Type A’ and found every weekend for the next 3 months completely booked?
It’s often said that we make time for the things that matter, which we often deflect and say “we’re too busy.” Truth is, ‘busy is just an excuse.
In all actuality, we are not truly busy. What we do is overcommit to the events, the meetings, and those things we feel obliged to. It’s not that we don’t have the time, we just set it aside for things we don’t really want to do.
Getting Rid of ‘Busy’
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a nine-to-fiver, or a committed parent, your time is your biggest asset. You can’t buy more of it, stop it, or relive it. Whether you’re rich or poor, fat or skinny, black or white, gay or straight, we ALL have 24 hours in the day. What we do with it is up to us.
So, how do you decide what’s worth your time? How do you pick and choose the right things, events, and obligations?
I was listening to an interview on the Tim Ferriss Show with Derek Sivers and he highlighted that once you have some success, “most of us say yes to too much stuff, and then, we let these little, mediocre things fill our lives….The problem is, when that occasional, ‘Oh my God, hell yeah!’ thing comes along, you don’t have enough time to give it the attention that you should.”
This simple tactic allows you to remove the grey from your decision-making. If something comes up and you’re not immediately thinking, ‘Hell yeah!’ then it is decidedly a ‘no.’ This may seem callous at first, but what you are doing is two-fold: you are valuing your time by giving situations an honest response and freeing up time for the great stuff.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” -Michael Altshuler