How often do you hear people telling you that they are too busy? Nowadays, it seems that society expects people to be constantly busy. If we are not busy, we are doing something wrong. We are busy with work, busy with making money, busy with side hustles, busy with our phones, busy with answering emails, busy making food, busy making ends meet, busy becoming financially independent, busy, busy, busy! Even if we are not busy, we start to create a false reality that we are busy.
Because we want to fit in, we want to be like everyone else.
So we fake it until we make it. We pretend that we are constantly busy.
And when there is something that comes up, we can never commit. We always reply with a “maybe,” because, well you know, we are busy. We are never commital. Maybe is our escape route.
Perhaps we are all looking at this incorrectly. Perhaps we should look at things from a different angle.
It’s not about having time, it’s about making time
If it matters, we will make time.
Make time for your loved ones. One day they won’t be there. We will regret not making the time for the rest of our lives.
Make time to take care of ourselves. We only have one life, one physical body.
How do we make time?
- Make a schedule and stick to it. Create an hour each day dedicated to ourselves. Go to the gym, do yoga, meditate, read a book, etc. Create time slots to spend quality time with your loved ones.
- Be mindful and prioritize. Determine what is more important in life. What is more important? Spend 10 minutes on your phone? Or spend 10 minutes with your ageing parent?
- Take action. Stop sitting around. Stop complaining. Stop making excuses. Things aren’t going to magically happen if you don’t take any actions. Start saying yes rather than constantly saying maybe.
I am no way of close to being perfect when it comes to making time. It is an on-going practice.
Now put your device down and start making time to do things that matter. Life is about making the choices that will make you a happier person.