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Are You TOO Busy?

March 1, 2012

By Rebecca Parre, Rebecca Parre Consulting

I am committed to writing for 30 minutes each day for the next 30 days so it is my new habit. Ok, for some of you that’s no big deal, and for some of us that’s monumental! In the past my reasoning was that I am not a good writer and I am too busy to commit 30 minutes to writing? REALLY?

WOW! When I reread that last sentence it’s lame. My business revolves around creating value in products and services, yet where’s my value of my time?

Coffee with a friend, you bet I have 30 minutes. Catch up with family and friends on Facebook, I have 30 minutes to spare. A football game on Sunday afternoon, no problem. STOP THE PRESSES, carving out 30 minutes to write, TOO BUSY!
As I began exploring my crutch of being too busy, I asked myself am I really being “busy” or am I being “fruitful”? There is a BIG difference.

1. Engaged in activity, as work; occupied.
2. Sustaining much activity: a busy morning; a busy street.
3. Meddlesome; prying.
4. Being in use, as a telephone line.
5. Cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting: a busy design.
tr.v. bus-ied, bus-y-ing, bus-ies

1. a. Producing fruit. b. Conducive to productivity; causing to bear in abundance: fruitful soil.
2. Producing something in abundance; prolific: a fruitful author of fiction.
3. Producing results; profitable.
fruit ful-ly adv. fruit ful-ness n.

Two people are responsible for straightening out my thinking and getting me off my “busy” and focused on being fruitful. First, thanks to Ann Evanston, for her encouragement of this on her Facebook Page. Secondly, I suggested to a fantastic young writer, Jeremy Sawyer, that he devote and schedule the time each day to write. I will walk my talk and schedule, like a business appointment, 30 minutes to write each day. (FYI, it’s only been 25 minutes since I started writing! ) Ever find yourself TOO BUSY?

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