How to Say No to the Art of Busyness

busylastDuring a recent phone call with a friend, I was talking about my day and all that needed to happen. She replied “Wow, that sounds really busy.” It did and I didn’t like it one bit.

For some time, I’ve been working hard to keep my life as simple as possible; to ensure that there is margin (space for nothingness; like white space on a page) at every turn. September is Self Improvement Month, so I couldn’t think of a better time to make my declaration public.

Over the last month, I’ve been hit with so many messages about taking time to enjoy life; slowing down; getting to what’s important. I’ve been on this path for a little while, and giving up the art of busyness has not been easy. For me, it’s simply this:


Before I finish up my thoughts, I want to make it really clear that I am not talking about productivity. I’m all about production and getting things done. Busyness and productivity are two different things. But as we get more and more in a hurry in our lives, the lines get blurred. I don’t want blurred lines, I want to continue to let go of those little things that won’t make much difference twenty four hours from now.

Busyness may not be an issue for you. And if that’s true I’m glad. But if you’re busy and don’t want to be, what declarations can you make to stop being so busy and do what matters?

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