Busy is a Decision

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Written by Coach Lisa

I read an excerpt from a book called Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss, and it is a lesson that can be used by anyone in any area of life. Read it below:

“If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say and why?

My billboard would say this: “Busy is a decision.” Here’s why: Of the many, many excuses people use to rationalize why they can’t do something, the excuse “I am too busy” is not only the most inauthentic, it is also the laziest. I don’t believe in “too busy.” Like I said, busy is a decision. We do the things we want to do, period. If we say we are too busy, it is shorthand for “not important enough.” It means you would rather be doing something else that you consider more important. That “thing” could be sleep, it could be sex, or it could be watching Game of Thrones. If we use busy as an excuse for not doing something, what we are really, really saying is that it’s not a priority.

Simply put: You don’t find the time to do something; you make the time to do things.

We are now living in a society that sees busy as a badge. It has become a cultural cachet to use the excuse, “I am too busy,” as a reason for not doing anything we feel like doing. The problem is this: if you let yourself off the hook for not doing something for any reason, you won’t ever do it. If you want that something, you can’t let being busy stand in the way, even if you are busy. Make the time to do the things you want to do and then do them.”


Pretty intense stuff, huh? I think this is absolutely true of many choices in life, and it has me considering my own priorities and time I spend doing different things.

Most often, the “thing” people cut out of their life when it becomes “too busy” is fitness – but this is actually one of the last things we should consider removing. If you do not take care of yourself, it will be very hard to take care of others and complete tasks as efficiently as you potentially could.

Stick this post in your back pocket, and pull it out for motivation when life gets busy.

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