There is this one quote that I stumbled across a while back while I was trawling my way through either Pinterest or Instagram, but unlike the majority of quotes and statements that I see on a regular basis, this one really stuck with me: It simply said, “Stop the glorification of busy.”
I read it and then scrolled further down my feed for a good 10 minutes before the meaning of it actually hit me. So what was the meaning of it exactly… I mean more than looking at it from just a surface level? And why was it so impactful? I thought about it again for a while and the more I pondered on it, the more it unlocked a number of different concepts that each and every one of us face on a regular, day-to-day basis.
I researched it a little to see what other bloggers were saying on the topic, and realised that so many of them interpreted this quote in different ways.
For me, my instant response was another ‘women-power’ inspired quote, which I then used as my own personal evidence to back up the previous quote…“You have the same hours in the day as Beyonce”. Now while I wish this particular quote had referred to Marissa Meyer or Sheryl Sandberg instead, I also understand that pop culture – more specifically ‘Sacha Fierce’ – is another fine example. Not only has Queen B made the one of the biggest names for herself in pop history, but she is a mother, a wife and has built up an empire all while having the same amount of time that we all do. Twenty-four little hours.
In my mind, my interpretation… the glorification of ‘busy’ is what we automatically say any time that someone asks us how our week was …”Oh, it’s been so busy.” Or when someone needs some help with something that you really could fit in yet you respond “…I’m really busy right now but if I have to” …or when you consider taking on more work and you think to yourself…”hmmm…no…already so busy…”
But my question is this: Are you even actually that busy? Or are you just saying that? And if you honestly are that busy, are you maybe not just bad at managing your time?
By glorifying ‘busy’, we are giving ‘busy’ power over our lives.
Yes of course there is such a thing as too busy, and there are some of us that well and truly are overloaded. The fact is though, that as humans we are equipped to deal with enormous – but positive – amounts of pressure… and it’s good for us! It motivates us and pushes us up whatever ladder we need to climb. The glorification of busy is when you make mountains out of mole hills, and exaggerate whatever work, activities and chores lie in front of you. It’s a big world out there and it requires big girl panties. There’s that old saying that goes: ‘The only time work comes before success is in the dictionary” and that is so true… different people have made different successes with the time that they have had… and the scary part is that we all have the exact same amount of time.
Ultimately, the concept of “busy” is what you make it to be, and it’s the way in which you let it either motivate you, or control and limit you. All of us have different amounts of work on our plates… our careers, kids, paying bills on time, planning meals for the week…and so the list goes on. But it’s up to us – and only us – to manage our time, work smart, and most importantly manage our stress levels.
Busy is a mindset that only you can challenge and change.
Does it mean sometimes that you need to wake up earlier or work a bit later? It may. Does it mean that you need to work smarter and stop procrastinating and get the job done well? Most definitely. And does it mean making time for your dreams and ambitions? Of course it does. Maybe you’ve always wanted to write a book, or study further? Make time for the things that matter and the goals that you are pursuing and I promise you that you’ll find yourself not only less “busy” and stressed, but a whole lot happier.
Productivity is the key to managing your stress levels. So yes, Beyonce, Sheryl Sandberg and Barack Obama all have an army of people working for them now… but they never started that way. Their ambitions, clever time management and love for being productive and ‘busy’ created that army and that empire. So why can’t it be the same for you?
So, instead of being too busy for your dreams, your children, your career or your life, be open to new opportunities and accept new challenges with open arms. In the words of my mom, “do something today that gets you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”
As much as this blog post might have been mostly a pep-talk to myself, I hope that I have inspired you in some way to keep wanting more from life and tackle new challenges head on! God made us able to withstand huge responsibilities and excel under pressure because he knows that we can handle it. So push yourself, love your life, and do a whole lot more with the time you have!