I read a short response to an article about using time wisely from a fellow named Paul. He made a commitment to stop telling people that he was busy. He pointed out that this was a form of disrespect as we tended to use it as an excuse for not returning telephone calls, responding to email messages, or paying attention to someone. Paul resolved to stop using the excuse “I’m busy” and in its stead gave the real reason why he couldn’t answer the telephone or respond to requests. He found that it forced him to become more honest with himself and with others. He found that he became more aware of his real priorities in life and at work. He recommended you try it.
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