Busy isn't an excuse. I understand being busy. I do. I have two kids. I have a wife. I have a house. I have cars. We're involved in a variety of charities. I have a business to run. I have all of the normal life stuff as well, like groceries, and doctor appointments, and dental appointments, and taking kids to school, and parent-teacher meetings, and so on. I also have abnormal stuff, like writing or presenting for different organizations, and special allergist appointments for the kids, and on and on. In the screenshots above, there were only 3 same-day cancels/reschedules for the whole week. The double-populated spots are not double-bookings, just emblematic of how little time I had to delete a changed hour when I placed someone else in that spot.
This was a good week, in that all of Tuesday and Thursday was spent with the kids and wife. The 3 last-minute opened hours afforded me short lifts/personal time. But frankly, this was a fairly typical week. They're been like this or crazier for the past two years without relenting. The screenshots are from August; but in the past few months since then I've had to turn down over 30 coaching inquiries. I literally CANNOT take another client. I know how much I can manage in a week. I manage that. I don't go around talking about how impossibly busy the week is. If I need to reprioritize, I do that. If I need to spend 3-4 hours on the phone to rectify a mistake with our private insurance (this actually happened, by the way), I reorganize the week. It's called being a grownup.
So a few sentiments linger:
1.) does this represent more or less time available for food and workouts than the average person who uses the time excuse?
2.) at the time of originally posting this, I still had to get through 8-10 appts that day, Friday, but made time to write this to help people with the reality check.
My point is simple: you can talk about how busy you are (when in most cases you aren't even that busy; you're just not organized). Or you can DO.
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