Guess what, it doesn't take a genius to be busy, quite the opposite in fact. Being so "busy" seems to be the disease of our time. The symptoms are easy to recognise, excuses, followed by lies and exhaustion. To top it off, it leaves you looking like a fool, unrespected and a big red scar on your forehead saying INCOMPETENT, probably spelt wrong too.
With being so busy, we need things to happen instantly, when in fact everything that was ever worth while to make or buy, take time, and cost money.
If you are buying, you want to pay less and if you are selling you want to charge more. Let's not forget that group of people who always want things for free. The latter I will firmly address by saying this. If you aren't willing to pay for it, you do not really want it, and it's called abusing kind people. And when you do get something for free, be grateful, very very grateful because chances are you do not deserve it and so please have respect. If it's borrowed, return it on time and in perfect condition, Having to ask for it back more than once is embarrassing. And the validity of the same excuse expires after a while.
If you are buying and paying the asking price you expect service and quality. You want to feel good about where your money is going. That's fair. If you are selling you better ask enough for your service or else, you will regret taking the job. You will hate every moment spent on it because soon you will realise you are working for free. If you do get your asking price, pour your talent time and love into it. It's simple enough, respect ;)
I had a light bulb moment a few years ago in Italy. We visited a small town, home to Enzo Ferrari. Let me just say that I have no interest in cars. I will drive my little mobile until the wheels fall off. It's just not important. So yes shiny red Ferraris were not going to impress me. But the man did! He started with nothing and built an empire that will last until earth meets its final days. Even though he did not have money to start this venture, he did have an uncompromisable urge for prestige, which resulted into perfection and excellence. If the design wasn't the best, it was not ready. Prestige was part of his core, he lived and breathed it. I was so impressed with this man, I swore right then and there, I too will make Ferrari dresses. Just the best will do, and it starts with proper planning.
However, I've been suffering from the disease of being busy for more than ten years. My life was made up of days rushing from one thing to another, exhausted, angry and unfulfilled. I took on way more than I needed to. I said yes when I really wanted to say no.
So at the start of 2017, I said enough. SIMPLIFY!!! It did not happen overnight. It takes a while to get rid of the build up we collect over time. But realising how much value I can add to my life and especially my passion for design is what kept me fighting to create time for myself. I've also realised that I am willing to pay more for quality and I don't want quantity. I don't need to take in every job that comes my way. I reach a point where I have enough. I pay myself not only with money but also with time, and I spend both very wisely on things and people that matter. I still have leaps and bounds to go, but I am making progress, and I am very proud of what I've accomplished so far. I wish the same for everyone. My heart breaks every time I hear someone say; I'm so busy, I don't have time, when actually time is all we have until we don't.