I’ve been guilty of being busy for the sake of being busy. It usually takes a shock or hopefully reading a passage in ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’ for me to remember that the objective isn’t to pack as much as possible into every day.
Everyone tells me how busy they are. It is like some sort of badge of honour. Perhaps they feel a little guilty if they aren’t seen to be busy. I know we are paid to look as if we are busy at work. Here is the problem though.‘Busyness’ can spill into our home and personal life as well. Rather than taking time to enjoy the beauty of life or the taste of a cup of tea we gulp it down, probably while doing something else at the same time.
I usually carry out this simple test if anybody tells me that they are too busy to do something. I ask ‘If I paid you one million pounds to do it would you find the time?’ Of course they would. So it comes down to a matter of priorities and not ‘busyness.’
I went back to boxing training this week after several weeks off. I really don’t have the time to spare but what is the point of it all if I can’t take time out to do the things I enjoy and want to do.