I'm not busy at all

I hope this post inspires you to take a more strategic approach to your time management and find a way to work smarter, not harder.

I'm not busy at all

Let's continue the last topic of The illusion of busyness with the next chapter: I'm not busy at all.

As an investor, non-profit owner, content producer, and public speaker, people often assume that I'm constantly busy and overwhelmed. They assume that I'm juggling multiple tasks and struggling to keep up with the demands of my various roles. However, the truth is that I'm not busy at all. In fact, I have plenty of free time to pursue my hobbies, spend time with my family and friends, and recharge my batteries. In fact, I play a lot of Call of Duty nowadays.

How is this possible? The answer lies in my approach to prioritization and saying no, but also accepting that I don't need to be busy.

Accept you don't have to be busy

The first step in accepting that you don't need to be busy is to let go of the idea that busyness equals success. We are often conditioned to believe that the more we work, the more successful we will be.

But this is simply not true. Research has shown that working long hours and constantly being on the go can lead to physical and mental health problems, such as increased stress levels, burnout, and decreased cognitive function.

In addition, being constantly busy can lead to a sense of overwhelm and disconnection from our values and priorities. If you feel busy, it's more likely you don't prioritize your real priorities and therefore don't get your job done.

Prioritize your priorities

The next step is to identify your priorities. What are the most important things you want to achieve in your life and your business ventures? By identifying your priorities, you can focus your time and energy on the tasks that will help you achieve your goals.

One of the biggest challenges I see startup founders, operators and other professionals face is managing their time effectively. There are always more things to do than there are hours in the day, and it can be difficult to figure out which tasks are the most important and deserve your attention.

That's why I take a strategic approach to prioritization. Each week, I identify the most important thing I need to do in each of my business areas and make sure I complete it. I don't waste time on tasks that don't move the needle, and I don't get sidetracked by distractions or busywork.

Say no

Another key to my success is my willingness to say no or just ignore things that are not important. As an entrepreneur, you'll constantly be bombarded with requests for your time and attention. People will ask you to attend meetings, participate in events, or collaborate on projects.

It's important to be selective about which opportunities you pursue. If an opportunity doesn't align with your goals or move your business forward, it's not worth your time. By saying no to things that aren't a good fit, I'm able to focus on the things that matter most.

Rest and relax

Finally, it's important to embrace rest and relaxation.

Rest and relaxation are not just important for our physical health, but also for our cognitive health. This is especially true for people engaged in cognitive work, such as entrepreneurs, investors, and operators.

When we are constantly busy and working on tasks that require cognitive effort, we can become mentally fatigued. This can lead to decreased creativity, impaired decision-making, and reduced productivity.

Taking breaks and engaging in restful activities, such as taking a walk, meditating, or engaging in a hobby, can help recharge our mental batteries and improve cognitive performance. In fact, research has shown that our brains are most active when we're in a relaxed, resting state.

Additionally, giving our brains a break and allowing ourselves to be a bit bored can actually be beneficial for creativity and problem-solving. When we're bored, our brains are more likely to wander and make new connections between ideas. This can lead to breakthrough insights and innovative solutions to problems.


Being an entrepreneur doesn't have to mean constantly feeling overwhelmed and stressed. In fact, most of our portfolio founders would have 4-day workweeks immediately by saying no to things that don't matter and doing the things do matter instead of avoiding them.

By prioritizing your time and saying no to distractions, you can achieve your goals and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

I hope this post has inspired you to take a more strategic approach to your time management and find a way to work smarter, not harder.