07/14/2014 06:12 pm ET Updated Sep 13, 2014

It's Your Choice: The Antidote For Being Too Busy

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You run into someone you haven't seen for a while and ask them how they're doing and they say, "I am so busy." Or maybe someone asks you about how things are going and your knee-jerk response is to reply, "I'm really busy," maybe even with a bit of pride at how busy you are.

We are living in a very fast-paced world and I think we're all feeling the pressure. I was recently in a café and heard a woman who was preoccupied on her phone tell her young daughter, "Mommy's busy right now. Hold on." Seriously, everything is moving so quickly that something's gotta give.

Luckily, I've got an antidote for all that busy-ness and I'm going to share it with you in today's episode of She Takes on the World TV. Join me for the video below:


To watch this week's episode, go here.

OK, let's recap. Here are three steps you can take right now to tame that busy schedule of yours:
  1. Recognize that you always have a choice about what fills your time. For example, you can choose to let an email wait in your inbox instead of responding right away or you can choose to unplug from social media and texting for a set period of time so you can be more present with those you love. YOU have control over your own schedule.
  2. Drop the busy badge of honor. Stop engaging with all your busy friends in the one-up contest of who stayed up working the latest or whose schedule is the most jam-packed. Remember, no one ever really wins in a "who's busiest" contest.
  3. Resist the temptation to judge other peoples' schedules or how busy you perceive them to be. Just focus on sweeping your own side of the street. We all choose how we spend our time, and what's busy for some might not seem all that busy to you. (See #2; it's not a contest!)

My actionable for you this week is to shift your perspective when it comes to being busy. If you're feeling too busy, remind yourself that you have a choice and have the power to make a change. If someone sets you off and makes you want to bust out your busy badge of honor, don't engage in a busy battle that you know won't serve you.

The next time someone asks how you're doing, my hope is that you'll be able to smile and tell them how much you're really enjoying having some free time on your hands. It's a beautiful thing!

Please leave a comment below if this resonates with you; I'd love to hear what steps you're taking to be a little less busy in your own life.