It’s easy to get caught up in the notion that you’re too busy to do anything, but it’s often due to your mindset. It can be helpful to stop telling yourself that you’re so busy, and one way you can do that is by changing what you say.
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Of course, you are busy to some degree — we all are — but your busy mindset is only perpetuating the idea that you don’t have time for anything, which in turn can stress you out a lot. Anese Cavanaugh at Inc. suggests that tweaking your language a little can help you escape that black hole of “busy”:
Years ago I realised even the word busy exhausted me, when I used it, or another person downloaded their busy on me, I could feel my energy drop. So I changed my language:“I’m richly scheduled.” “I’m well used.” “I’m on purpose.” This changed my game.
It might seem like a small adjustment, but it can help you realise that you have more time than you thought, while also creating an opportunity to tell yourself that you’re on point with your goals. It’s OK to be productive and busy, but make sure they line up.