We all have gotten so busy that we don’t have enough time. Some people are busier than others. We all know the person who is always so busy and gets stressed out but can’t seem to figure out why. Then there is the person who loves being busy and gets energized by living a life of constant chaos. There are also people who somehow always seem to have free time somehow. Our lives change all the time so we have problem been on both ends of continuum of busyness at one time or another. If you are finding yourself on the busy end of the spectrum for any length of time, and especially if it has been going for an extended period of time, here are some of the reasons why.
You can’t say no. If you are a yes man/woman, you are probably committing to way more than you can handle. There are a lot of people with a lot of needs, and the more you see it your responsibility to fulfill as many of those as you can, your time will quickly run low. Personally, I don’t struggle with this and sometimes even err on the side of saying no too easily. I do know several people from many different seasons in my life who were always short on time due to over commitment to others.
Too many projects/interests and over-commitment. Maybe you are like me and didn’t have too much of an issue saying yes to others too easily. However, you can be too busy by having too many interests and projects and getting involved with too many activities. In this case; however, no one is asking you to do these things, you may just be overzealous and trying to do a little bit of everything. This one I have been guilty of much more frequently. This is especially common for high school and college students, but can happen at any stage in someone’s life if they are prone to it. The best way to avoid this is to first realize that you do struggle with it, and then monitor it more closely so you know not to do it.
Poor Planning. There are many ways you can plan poorly. Some people just don’t have planning as their strong suit. However, it is not always so cut and dry. There are many other reasons someone can poorly plan. For example, not having enough or only having incomplete information can result in a poorly designed plan. A deadline that is unrealistically short will ultimately end in failure.
You don’t like what you are doing. I have been here. In the seasons where I really don’t like what I am doing, I felt like I never had enough time. The ultimate cause of this is that you spend a lot of time doing what you really don’t like doing, only to then spend a lot of time doing what you enjoy doing to make up for it. This will stretch you thin. While I understand work isn’t always going to be fun, it doesn’t to be terrible and draining you until you burn out either. If this is the case, I would recommend working towards finding something that is better suited for you so that way you won’t have to find a large amount of time to do what you want to do on top of your regular commitments.
There are many situations you can end up trapped without enough time. It has happened several times in my life. This would most frequently happen to me in school. I didn’t like the pressure of studying, tests, homework, and projects. It never felt like I had enough time in school and it was very frustrating. This happened at other times as well, it also happened when I was in a job that I didn’t enjoy. I would try to have all of the fun outside later on when I should have been doing other important things, like sleeping. Fortunately for me, I would never compromise on sleep too much, I know people who really spread themselves thin. I want to thank you again for reading, and would like to know what your experience with having enough time has been like.