Stop Saying You’re Busy And Regain Control of Your Life

Gabriella H.
3 min readNov 13, 2023

You can change your life by simply re-wording your day

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These past three months have been a total whirlwind, especially work-wise.

Whenever someone asks how I’m doing, it had become a reflex to reply with either “busy” or “miserable.”

I hadn’t realized how much power words hold until that one week when my mom didn’t call. She usually rings me at least once a week, so when I noticed she hadn’t called, I immediately dialed her up.

“Hey, Mom! Noticed I missed your call. Everything okay?”

“Yeah, everything’s fine. I know you’ve been swamped lately, so I didn’t want to pile on more.”

Ouch.

It dawned on me that my constant busyness and my choice of words were basically sending signals to my family — the folks I care about most — that I was practically off the grid. Time for a change!

Regain Control of Your Life by Removing the Word “Busy”

I can’t be the only one guilty of using “busy” when what I really mean is, “I’m overwhelmed, I don’t know what I’m doing, please help me.”

Let’s be real, when you’re caught up in something you love, you spill the details. You’re bubbling over with excitement about what’s occupying your time, and you cer- tainly don’t sum it up with the vague word “busy.” No way! You dive into the specifics.

“I’ve been immersed in the third chapter of my novel.”

“I’ve been gearing up for a marathon.”

“I’m experimenting with a bunch of recipes I found online.”

When you’re living life intentionally, life becomes a mix of fascinating projects, and there’s no way you’d disrespect your passions by just saying, “I’m busy.” It’s all about sharing the good stuff!

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If the only word you can of to sum up your life is “busy,” it might be a sign that you’re letting life call the shots instead of taking charge yourself.

When “busy” becomes your go-to descriptor, chances are you’re juggling a million work projects that don’t really light your…

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Gabriella H.

I’m always curious, always looking for something new to learn, using life as a learning canvas.