B*sy Bee - eliminating the 'B' word

It's easy to drop the B word a lot. Trust me, I do it all the time. Casually, without thinking, just as part of my every day vocabulary.  No, it's not the one you're thinking of. I'm talking about the word "busy".  It seems as if the response to "How are you doing?" these days has become something along the lines of "good. Busy, but good", or "I've been busy, but busy is good".  How many times have we not accomplished items on our list of goals (working out, catching up with a friend, grocery shopping, etc) because we claim to be "too busy". We're all busy. It's 2017 and everyone has a job, a buzzing social life (most likely via mobile), and for millennials of today, most likely a side hustle.  And I am likely the most guilty of this blunder.

I'm making a conscious effort lately to eliminate this word from my vocab for the simple reason that it's an excuse. Because when I really want something, it gets done. And all of a sudden I'm finding pockets of time throughout my day for those things I really want.  I'm not a morning person, but I've been waking up earlier.  My commute has become the time where I read or listen to a podcast.  And I've begun to narrow down the things I don't really need to do, and exercising the word "No" instead.  You can't imagine how much time this has freed up (hint: a lot).  If you're a notorious scheduler, schedule time to be un-busy -- even if it's 30 min of time in the day... find it, and relish in it however you please.

xx, The Monocle Muse

ps: if you made it this far, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to read - I appreciate you!

Photography by: Neil B (@itsneilb)

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