You Will Always Be Busy

When I was in college, mid-terms and finals were frantic, busy, brain-melting times. I looked forward to those breaks in between when things would get back into a nice, relaxed state of normal.

After graduation, it was a busy wedding. Then busy working. Then busy starting a business. Then busy with a baby. It seemed that there was always something going on – some temporary period of busyness. And it always seemed like I was just a little bit away from things calming down.

It took me some time to realize it – but when I got out of school and into the real world, being busy became the new normal. These hectic periods were not temporary hiccups in my otherwise normal life – this busyness is how life is.

You will always be busy.

It’s not just a temporary thing. When one situation clears up, another will present itself. That’s reality.

Busier as You Grow

One of the reasons you’ll always be busy is because life gets increasingly complex and demanding as you grow. It makes sense if you think about it.

Look at pastors of large churches. Look at CEO’s of major organizations. Why do you think they’re so busy?

As you climb the corporate ladder, as your area of service expands in the church, as your family grows – your responsibility increases as well. Your life gets busier.

Life doesn’t calm down over time, it ramps up.

The Danger of Missing This

When I still thought that my busyness was temporary, I was always waiting to get moving on something. I had goals and activities I wanted to launch into, but I wanted to get through this brief busy stretch first.

As soon as the wedding was over, as soon as the startup was off the ground, as soon as this happened or that happened – then, then life would be back to normal and I would get moving.

But if I waited for things to settle down before I got cranking, I would never get anything done.

If we fail to grasp the reality of a busy life, we will never get moving on the things that really matter. We will be paralyzed: dealing with the urgent matters and not advancing in meaningful ways.

Start Moving Now

My goal in talking about this is not to depress people. It’s not so that you feel hopelessly overwhelmed and stressed out.

It’s so that we don’t go on essentially living a lie: the lie that things will calm down.  I missed many opportunities and went down many paths later than I should have – simply because I was so convinced in my mind that conditions would be more favorable just shortly in the future.

If we’re not careful, we could waste major portions of our life. Not because we’re afraid. Not because we’re lazy. Not because we’re chasing greedy desires. But because we’re deluded into thinking that our busyness is temporary.

Effective time stewardship is proactively using the time we have now, not waiting passively for circumstances to change.

Dream big now. Make goals now. Work hard now.

You will always be busy.

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  • K

    wow … this is me 100%. school was never-ending work looking forward to settling into the rhythm of the work force and getting a real work/life balance. hah! one wedding, two kids, and a house later i still have this delusion of things calming down in “the future” – and you’re right … it keeps me (& my poor wife) from progressing on life. the question is just how to get past that, or rather if i ever will.

    thanks for this, & for your comments about email mgmt at work, over at what’sbestnext.

    • Loren Pinilis

      Glad to hear that the post was helpful for you. As far as how to get past that, that’s the crucial question. I think a general mindset change may be the first step – understanding that busyness is not a temporary thing. Hopefully, we’ll be covering some other strategies soon for clamping down on the busyness.

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  • Burl

    This is so very true! The only way to de-clutter your schedule is to make time for downtime! If we let others control what we do each day, we will always be racing to catch up! Make time for vacation, family, friends and yourself.

    • Loren Pinilis

      Glad you found it helpful. We’ve got to be intentional! It sounds so obvious, but it was a major slap in the face to me when I first realized it.

  • Bradley J. Moore

    THis is an odd truism that someone should make known to all college graduates and newlyweds across the globe. Maybe you should be giving commencement speeches? 🙂 You said it, life gets more complex as we mature and take on more responsibilities. There’s no way around it. But we adjust, too. We must learn to prioritize our values, and then manage our time effectively around it. It is possible, but we must be proactive.

    • Loren Pinilis

      You’re right – we can adjust. It’s a continual work in progress. The key is just being proactive like you said and not just waiting around for things to change.

  • Melanie Wilson

    Phenomenal post and well-timed as I am in a very busy month! I know for sure that not even in retirement do you get less busy. The woman at my church who shared the wisdom of busy=your life and you don’t want to miss it is retired. She is such a wise, friendly, godly lady who is a mother and grandmother. Do you think she’s sitting around twiddling her thumbs? LOL Nope. Everyone wants her attention.

    Thanks again for your wisdom.

    • Loren Pinilis

      Glad it could be helpful. It was kinda a revelation for me when I realized that life was never going to “slow down” in the way I thought it would. I can only imagine as my children grow how my life will just get busier and busier. Pretty soon we’ll be driving around to ball games and school plays.

  • Rainer Proksch

    True! We are so much busy with our schedules that we forget to spend time for ourselves and our loved ones. But most of the time when we come to realize the truth we must have lost many valuable moments and people in our lives. So it is important that we learn to make time for everything and learn to balance our life.

    • Loren Pinilis

      Thanks, Rainer! I’m glad it was helpful. Busyness is something we have to come to terms with.

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