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The Cult of Busy and Decline of Productivity




It gets easier and easier until it's automation.


A blanket excuse for anything that's something.


Why do we do this to ourselves? And to others?


This thought was brought up recently when I was spending time with a few folks I haven't seen in a few months, who in the normal socialized niceties told me they hadn't seen me in awhile, but followed my online journey. Immediately I find myself nodding, as if in agreement, and the phrase "I've been really busy" escapes my lips even without any sort of intentional thought.


What the hell does that even mean - busy? Then I thought about the last few weeks. Sure, my time was occupied, but couldn't I have just optimized my time to do more, grow more, succeed more, socialize more? Ultimately, this idea of busy was just an automated response that flung from my mouth as a type of excuse. I wasn't listing what I was working on, I wasn't giving any concrete reasons for my absences, but that term was there.


And then I unpacked it. I looked at what I had been doing. And I realized...I spent a lot of time telling people I was busy, fixated on how busy I was, allowing it to manifest stress, and from there of course I needed decompression or rest. I wasn't as productive as I could've been, and the foundation for this entire shit house was the concept of busy. Then I made a decision. And I'm sharing that with you today.


I invite each and every one of you to omit "busy" from your vocabulary. It's a term that's probably holding you back from your potential.


Instead of using it, use specifics as to what you've been doing. If you can only list but a few items, perhaps it's time to look in depth and be more efficient with the time you have.


If you're stressed out, exhausted, take a moment and write out each and every thing that you do in a day. Is it really THAT much? You will find out what is sucking your time, and what is this justification for "business" especially if you aren't doing a tremendous amount of activities.


Knock it off with the busy. And start focusing on what you can do to be more productive.

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