When someone asks 'How are you?' It's easy and almost instinctively to respond the default "Busy! But good!"
Which yes, we're sure it's true, we are all busy, life is busy. But are we busy just filling up the time so we can tell people we're busy? We're taught busy means productive, and productive is good, so being busy is good... right?
No, not necessarily. 'Busy' isn't always a sign of productivity. The need to feel or be constantly 'busy' can ultimately leave us overwhelmed and anxious. Just trying to achieve being 'busy', can cloud your judgement and leave you unable to prioritise what's really important to you. Both personal and professionally.
When you fall into the black hole of 'busyness', you forget to put yourself first. You forget where your friends and family sit on your priority list. And instead, you end up doing things for the sake of it rather than focusing on living in your purpose (which by the way, isn't to be perpetually busy, surprise!)
So, it's to put your foot down. It's time to stop glamorising being busy. Instead, focus your energy on setting boundaries both with yourself and others. Finding time to get creative and explore your interests. Catching up with friends for brainstorms. Glamourise having the space to fill your days - and ultimately your life - with things that are meaningful and purposeful to you.
It's time to change your language around what you do every day and how the way you spend your time relates to your big picture and goals. If you are working hard towards something, tell people that! Tell them I've been so productive recently, I'm working toward X Y and Z. Speaking your truth to others will not only encourage a more open and connected conversation with them it will also encourage others to let go of the 'busy' comment we all love to use.
Letting go of being ‘busy’ will be difficult, but to make changes in your life, you need to be willing to try new things, let go of what that no longer serve you and ultimately transform for the better.