There have been times in the past when a particular friend or family member have given me the excuse of being “too busy” to do something essential. At that time I thought they were just giving excuses for not doing something they didn’t want to do anyway but now that I, too, get crazily busy (at times, not always), I understand that it is definitely very possible to not do something you thought you couldn’t not do just because you don’t have time. I still think though that no matter how busy I get, there are certain things it behooves me to do. Every person will have a different list. This is mine:
- Read. I don’t have to read an entire book but if over the course of a day, I can read even a page, I’m good. Some people require coffee to face the world, I require the written word.
- Respond to a friend who has messaged me in whatever way. I don’t understand people who don’t respond to messages whether on the phone or email citing time as a limiting factor. You can email using your phone, text message, or whatever app you use on the phone to keep in touch. It doesn’t take long to do and you don’t have to write an essay but just respond to them and let them know that you’ve received their message and will talk to them as soon as you have time. It doesn’t take much energy and goes a long way to maintaining your friendship.
- Eat. I mean, seriously. People can forget to eat? People can be too busy to eat? If I don’t eat, I don’t function.
This is about it. What’s on your list?