Are you using the “I’m too busy” excuse to avoid doing the big, scary but necessary tasks to reach your goals? I ask you that question because I realised toady that I’ve been using that exact excuse!
I feel as though I have taken a back seat with my blog for the past couple of months, I haven’t created any new content for the free resource library and I haven’t sat down to work on any new products for my digital shop.
I told myself it was because “I’m too busy” and once I have more time I’ll get myself back on track. It wasn’t until today, when I sat down to work on my blog and it hit me. I’m not too busy, in-fact I have plenty of time, if I do the maths I actually have more time than I need.
There are 24 hours in a day, that’s 168 hours a week: 24 x 7 = 168 hours
40 hours full time work per week: 168 – 40 =128 hours
8 hours sleep a night = 56 hours: 128 – 56 = 72 hours
That’s 72 hours left every week to spend as I wish and can you guess what I waste most of my time doing?
Scrolling down my phone and pottering about the house. Doing “busy” work but not actually achieving anything.
What is busy work?
Busy work is basically when you do easy tasks which aren’t actually helping you reach your goals but by doing them you feel productive. Sound familiar?
One way I do busy work is by perfecting my website, by making small tweaks here and there or by going through my emails and deleting those I don’t want and sorting the rest into folders. These tasks don’t contribute to my overall goals in anyway, but they are easy and require little brain power. Basically by doing busy work you are staying in your comfort zone and not progressing.
The reason I had taken a back seat on my blog was because I didn’t want to leave my comfort zone. I found comfort in being “busy” and used this busyness as a distraction and an excuse to not do something of which I’m afraid.
A few months ago I changed my blog theme and I convinced myself that before I could even think about the idea of taking my blog to the next level and reaching a wider audience, I had to change the way my blog looked. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my new blog theme from PigDig but the problem is that I used this as an excuse. I basically didn’t do any of the real and difficult work until I had my new blog theme, it sounds so silly now I look back on it!
Even now when I have my new blog theme in place, I still manage to find excuses to do “busy work” in an attempt to not have any time left to do the real work. By real work I mean the tasks which take you from A to B, the tasks which would grow my audience, the tasks which would monetise my blog and the tasks which would connect me with other bloggers and brands.
The problem is, being too busy is a wonderful excuse not to take risks, to try something different. It’s a scary thought to put oneself in a position to fail but what’s even more scary is holding ourselves back and living with regret. Living with unknown potential, to see other people grow and develop and wonder what they have that you haven’t. When what they have is the courage to step out of their comfort zone.
What if life wasn’t so busy?
You might believe that the reason why you’re not where you want to be, why you’re not doing what you want to do and why you’re not achieving what you want to achieve is because you’re too busy, and if you wasn’t too busy then life would be great. Am I right?
Think about what you would be doing if your life wasn’t so busy. Would you be working out more, eating healthier, spending more time with family, maybe you would you have a morning routine?
Now be honest with yourself, what is the real reason you’re not doing these things? Your brain will want to tell you it’s because you’re too busy or too tired, but what is the real issue? What are you scared of? What are you anxious about?
What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you ever find yourself using the “I’m too busy excuse”? I hope I’m not the only one!