I’m not sure about you, but I find myself to be busier and busier as life goes on. Do you have that problem?

The interesting thing is that we have control of just about everything these days.

We have compact discs that we can play skip to play whatever song we want. We have phones/mp3 players that we can pull up any bit of data we want to know or see. Our television now plays exactly what we want because we were too busy to sit down and watch it the day before.

We have control of everything. This is the first time in history where almost everything we have is controllable to some degree.

Here’s a list of some:

  1. Television
  2. Read It Later Apps
  3. Text Messaging
  4. Email
  5. Phone calls

And yet, we claim to have less time than we need to get it all done. Why is that?

Because we often make ourselves busy instead of productive.

Here’s How I Know This

I’ve been in a bit of a busy slump recently. Yes, I’ve been working a lot, but haven’t gotten as much done as I should be able to for the hours I’m putting in.

So I started thinking, what is it that’s making me less productive? But more importantly, what can I do to change that?

I’m not sure about you, but my time is limited. And while I love reading blogs and listening podcasts, it can be a time suck that completely burns my day. I may have gained information in the process, but how will I ever make the time to use it and put it into action?

Oh the dilemma.

Thinking back over the list we have above, I realize these things were intended to allow us to do things on our own time. To actually give us more time.

The problem isn’t the technology itself, it’s all great! The problem is that we push things off because we are too busy at the moment or have something more important to do. But we can easily get overwhelmed when “later” comes along and there’s 42 blog posts, 5 TV shows and 98 emails to catch up on.

So really, what can we do to change this?

Be intentional. That’s really the key. We have to be intentional about the time we set aside to read. To watch TV. To check email. And everything else. We can very quickly fill our time with stuff if we’re not intentional about what we do.

Many will say there’s other things we need to do, like be selective. Or have discretion on what we put our time into. But even those come down to being intentional about what we select or choose to do during a specific time period.

Lastly, I would suggest this. The more intentional we are about what we do with our time and resources, the better off we’ll be next week, next month, next year. Being busy is just an excuse. We make time for the things we truly care about so let’s strive to make all of our time intentionally spent.

Featured photo credit: Exhausted businessman has had too much of his paperwork via Shutterstock and inline photo by Jayel Aheram via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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