Picture someone pulling on their polyester flairs to go to a disco way back the 70’s.
Life was supposed to be carefree then – but a song topped the charts in December 1974, tells it like it was, AND, sadly…
It’s NO DIFFERENT TODAY!
This one hit wonder folk rock song, tells a gritty, but REAL story about a father who’s too busy to spend time with his son.
Although the son asks his Dad to play with him, the father always responds with little more than vague promises of spending time together in the ‘future'. One day. But, not today.
Now that’s bad enough, but the SADDEST part is: the son grows up and starts to model himself on his father's behaviour – wishing to be “just like him”.
So we end up with generation after generation of parents who are too busy to spend time to help their children grow up. To help them understand love and joy and bliss. To help them be happy in the now.
What does that say of future generations and the future of this planet?
So, let’s think about what “too busy” is really all about.
Too busy generally involves 40-60 hour work weeks, marching to the beat of someone else’s drum; which is compounded by spending too much time travelling to work and back!
TOO BUSY also means following traditional ways of earning a living by doing what our parents told us to do, as that’s what worked for them – which generally means exchanging your time for money.
Being too busy can also be a perception – to feel important, to feel significant, to have ill-perceived status. Sadly, too many of us fill our days with superfluous tasks in an attempt to feel important.
We fell victim to the busy-ness trap when working in the West End and City of London in the 2000's. We use to stay late at work to ‘feel’ important (and leave after the Boss did) which gave a fleeting sense of significance. But, the more we did it, the more it was expected of us, and the more the smugness factor dimished. It's not a happy outcome!
It's about TIME
It's time to think differently about time, and using this precious gift wisely.
It's time to switch up our thinking about tradition or habit or the way it’s always been.
It's time to stop the “too busy” treadmill – something has to give – you’ve got to change the model.
Now you may've noticed both time and tradition have changed since the dawn of the internet – since the emergence of the digital age.
The digital age ensures we can have choice to work smarter and to be there for our loved ones – it provides us a different model to make money and to live our lives.
We know a single Mum of three pre-schoolers, who's still a nurse working 11 hour shifts, but is learning how to promote other people's products online and earn commissions while she sleeps. She's super focused with her time and maximises each minute for the benefit of her young family. How does she do it? Prioritising.
So the opportunity is now to change habits of the past that no longer serve you – and embrace the digital revolution. Particularly to ensure the ‘future’ is different.
Tick Tock, Tick Tock…
We all know time is a limited resource, right?
When you realise time is a gift you already have, one you’ll never get more of, one you’re actually running out of… do you think you’d be so quick to say you don’t have any?
Or would you stop and think…
“Holy Cow! What am I really doing with all my time, this precious gift I’ve been given?”
Because it’s then you realise you can’t wait around for more of something you’ve already got.
We encourage you to look into ways to use your time more efficiently. Please.
Here's a start:
“Too busy” is no longer an excuse!
If you’re open to discovering how to change your future by taking advantage of the digital revolution, we’re here to help.
Please don’t have these lyrics ringing in your ears:
“And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home dad?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then”
We hear too many stories of children going to bed before parents get home from work, without a bedtime story, because parents are “too busy”.
It doesn’t have to be that way…
Now’s the time for a change – to regain control of your time – but retain your financial security – and have the freedom and choice to do what you want, when you want.
But it takes learning new skills. Re-skilling is the solution. Which, of course, requires prioritising. But there's lots you can learn when you're on the move. Or when you stop watching telly. Or in your lunch break. Or when you get up an hour earlier each weekday morning.
We’ve recently learned new skills (and there’s nothing special about us, but there is something very special about the skills we’ve learned) – which have massivley changed how we use our time and appreciate our freedom.
Do it for your family and your loved ones. It's our No 1 recommendation for how to stop being too busy.
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