“Hey – how are you doing today?”
Holy. Sh*t. If the next person responds to the question, “How are you doing today?” with, “Busy” I will lose my mind.
Last week within just a few hours, nearly a dozen people mindlessly recited to me that they were busy. The hell does this even mean anymore?
Everyone is ‘busy.’ Congratulations, you’re just like everyone else in the world.
Everyone has 34,003 things on their plate. Some more ‘important’ than others. However, when has this word becomes a badge of honor, who is really ‘busy’ and who is just really ‘lazy?’
We’re not busy. We are distracted. Distracted by the notifications, the bells, and the whistles of modern conveniences and autonomy. Thanks group text message notification, you’re killing me.
Anyways, here are four tips to become less ‘busy:’
Establish the day’s priority.
Competing priorities? Once everything becomes the priority, nothing is the priority. When something is essential, it is a thing (not several or multiple things) that is absolutely necessary. You can rob Peter to pay Paul, or you can tell Paul to f*ck off until you are able to pay him in full. Congratulations Peter, you have been spared on this day.
2. No one cares.
Spare another the tale your tale of woe with your ‘busy’ day. No one cares about your ‘Lifetime Story’ where you are you nominated for Best Actor/Actress in the leading role of the victim. When someone asks if you are busy – smile, and say your day is going well. More importantly, ask how their day is going. 95% chance their day is ‘busy.’
3. Own your ‘To-Do’ List
Yeah – your boss, your sister, your blah blah blah just dumped stuff on you. Own it. Figure out how to get the sh*t done and don’t place the onerous on another – place it on yourself.
4. Get off social media, email, television, and turn off notifications.
Simply detox from these’outlets’ which do not serve your purpose of No. 1. If you’re REALLY busy but you have plenty of time to tell someone about the latest viral video from YouTube or you take endless ‘Personality’ quizzes on Facebook – this just in you’re not f*cking busy. Also, it is quite okay to cheat on your iPhone or Galaxy with a book. Also, turn off ALL notifications on your phone. No one, yourself included, needs to be tethered to your device every 73 seconds in which a ‘bing’ goes off.
If you’d like to turn in your badge of honor called ‘busy,’ the world will thank you for it. At the least, the person who asks how your day is going will be grateful.