OK I GET IT, WE ARE ALL BUSY…
We all have moments, days and seasons of busy… I don’t want to discount that. There are definitely times that I have more on my plate than I put here and everything feels a bit out of control. But as a society, we are in this place where we glorify busy. We are wearing out tired-ness, burntout-ness and exhaustion as a badge of honor. And I’m here to tell you to STOP! And also…it doesn’t have to be this way. It definitely doesn’t have to feel this way. And I’m 1000% guilty of this - but then I realized, I was confusing busy with productive!
It’s easy to look back at the past month and say… “Goodness, we were so busy that the last month was a blur.” And I know it’s easy to look at yesterday and say… “Where did the day go? It was so busy!” Yes, these are all valid feelings, but I think we glorify busy in a super confusing way with the language we’re using. Are we busy or are we productive? Are our days full or so busy we can’t see straight? Are we choosing the things we want in our life and discounting them by complaining of how busy we are?
Friends, I’m guilty here, too, and think we could ALL learn a little something here. I challenge all of us to start looking at the language we are using in our day to day. Let’s start looking at our days from a place of fullness that drives our productivity – not busy that stunts our productivity in the end. Let’s make a shift from I HAVE TO do “x, y, z” to I GET TO do “x, y, z”.
Flipping the script and challenging ourselves to change our language is not only going to help us identify that we live full lives but it will also allow us to run our businesses from a place of productivity. Think about it this way… I get to take the dog for a walk after a long day or I get to work with clients and have a secure job. My life and days are full and productive, not busy. Don’t value your life and businesses in a way that you say… I was so busy that I hardly had time to walk the dog or I am so busy working with clients and running all the errands. Value your life and business in a way that says… I get to.
I truly believe that when we start to shift our language and stop confusing “busy” for “productive”, we will start to value the fullness of our lives even more. And best yet? We will feel as though our time is so much more productive and valuable, too. Because after all, we get to do all these things, love on our family and friends, and serve our clients day in and day out. Just saying it that way outloud (or through typing) makes me feel to grateful. And gratitude is powerful, mama!