The notion of being “busy” seems to be romanticised on social media and an insane schedule is now the measure of how successful and important you must be.


The notion of being “busy” seems to be romanticised on social media and an insane schedule is now the measure of how successful and important you must be. I mean, don’t get me wrong I think it’s great that people are striving to reach goals and sharing this with people is all apart of the process.

I have been caught in a cycle of this too. It’s so easy to answer the simple question of “How are you?”, with “Good thanks, but, so busy”. But this is such a vicious cycle to fall into. If we get too caught up with being busy, we lose connection with one another. You really need to strike a balance.


It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?
― Henry David Thoreau


I really don’t feel like busier, means better.

This past week we decided to head away from the city down to my parents house. My mind and body was craving some down time; no alarm clocks, no rushing, just sleeping in and drinking copious amounts of the strong coffee my dad makes.

So I could spend the majority of my time with them while I was there, I decided to try and get most of the work I needed to get done prior to heading away. I worked mornings while down there and then spent the afternoon and evenings with them. It was so nice to just switch off a little. Life can at times seem like all you’re doing is rushing and “catching up”; waking up, drinking coffee, rushing to complete multiple deadlines and repeating these day in day out. So getting away really allowed me to clear my head and really think about things.


If you follow me on Snapchat (@allymayhayward) you may have seen that I wanted to get away so I could be “re-inspired”. It’s not that I wasn’t inspired, I love my job and the projects I have been working one. I just think as a creative it’s really healthy to break up the way you do things every now and again. I think it’s a really healthy way to encourage creative thinking and your idea process. What I struggle with, and I know I am not alone when I say this is, how I can be more creative, or come up with better ideas.


When you begin to relinquish your ego, you will no longer feel compelled to prove to people how busy you are in an attempt to validate your sense of worth.
― Miya Yamanouchi


Getting away really boosts my creativity. I put it down to relaxation and that clear, country air.
I realise that not everyone has a flexible work schedule, but I think we could / should all create more time for ourselves if we had a strong incentive or made these things priority. I think we owe it to ourselves to assess our situations, the things that make us happy, try new things and of course, explore different possibilities.

Remember: No one is too busy, it’s all about what your priorities are.

Images: Ally & JD Hayward

Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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