Are people really busy?

Photo of Leizl Joy Nayahangan

By Alpha (Day 101)



“I know you are busy – but do you have a minute?”

“I’m sorry if I am taking your time right now, I know you are very busy.”

“I understand how busy you are and I appreciate your time with me.”

“I’m sorry, I’ve been busy at work, I haven’t had the chance to call you back.”

“I don’t have enough time to even get a manicure I am so busy!”

“You guys are busy, so I don’t bother to give you a call thoughout the weekdays.”

“She has so many afterschool commitments that she can not find time to . What a busy life!”

Do these lines sound very familiar to you?

I bet they are!

You hear it all the time – from family members, friends, neighbors, workmates, fellow grocery shoppers, mom groups and from other organizations you decide to associate yourself. It is not uncommon to hear these excuses anymore rather they are household phrases.

I for one, do it too  – and I am guilty about it.

I understand that people are busy (that includes me!) but I also believe that if you make time for something that you believe is important, then being busy is out of the picture.

That’s why – as I was wrapping my workday last week I finally started a revolution to myself.  The minute I anticipated such lines,  I started to say to people within my circle, “Please, be my guest!” instead of “No, I am not busy at all!”

I also realized that a lot of people just assume that their friend or their boss is so busy because of the nature of their work, their family structure and the activities they choose to engage in – but in reality, we know that there is still some room to squeeze in some time to do leisure and play time within their schedule, be it tight or not. Look how many times you see people update their twitter account or any of their social networking profiles on what they are up to, then you say they are busy? ‘Course not!

Finally, some thoughts about being busy: When people claim they are too busy they can’t even pick up the phone to say “hi” or “hello”, I think there are only two reasons:

a. they are either choosing not to prioritize it


b. they just forget about it (when they remember you, they will call)

I know, I fall in one of those categories sometimes – and again, I am guilty of it!