Get around to
phrasal verb of get
deal with (a task) in due course.
to do something that you have intended to do for a long time
I didn't get around to putting all the photos in frames.
I couldn't get around to finishing it on time.
I intended to tidy the flat at the weekend, but I didn't get round to it.
It's been at the back of my mind to call José for several days now, but I haven't got round to it yet.
He never did get around to putting up the shelves.
After weeks of putting it off, she finally got around to painting the bedroom.
Did you get round to doing the shopping?
to be tied up
to be very busy and unable to speak to anyone, go anywhere, etc:
How long will you be tied up? I will be tied up in a meeting for an
I was tied up and couldn’t get to the phone.
He's tied up with his new book. He's working hard, you know.
To have too much on plate
to be too busy.
I'm sorry, I just have too much on my plate right now. If you have
too much on your plate, can I help?
You could've said:
I wasn't able to finish it, because I had too much on my plate.
I wasn't able to finish, because I was a little tied up.
I couldn't get around to it.