At some point, we’ve all said it. We say “I don’t have time” when we perceive that our life gets busy or when we don’t want to feel guilty about skipping something. Often that “something” that we are skipping is really something we should be doing but we are assuaging our conscious into thinking that it’s all right. Sometimes it’s not a big deal, but other times it is.
“I don’t have time” often really means “it wasn’t important enough to me”. It wasn’t fun, distracting, or urgent enough to make it to the top of the list. It’s an excuse, and often times not particularly a pretty one (I’m not talking about saying “I don’t have time” as a polite way to say “no” because that’s something entirely different). I’m talking about blowing timelines out of the water because sticking to them becomes challenging or failing to achieve goals you set for yourself, and consoling yourself by saying that there just wasn’t enough time. I’m sure that when you set the timeline, you thought it was possible, so what changed?
It can sometimes feel like things happen to us, rather than by us. That we’re not in control of our time; that we’re just too busy. Realistically, there is little in life we do without choosing, even if these decisions are not always deliberate choices. Plan and you might find that you are far more in control than you thought.
We have 7 days a week which breaks down into 168 hours. Taking out the hours that you spend at work (where time is also incredibly valuable) and the hours that you spend sleeping, it quickly becomes apparent that time is a precious commodity and unlike other commodities, it is limited.
I’m sure we can all agree that time is precious. Shaking up your status quo can be a scary thing, but it can also be eye opening. Your priorities are where and how you choose to spend those hours. Be honest with yourself and make the most of your hours! It’s amazing how much time you can find when you minimize the things that aren’t important to make room for the things that are. See what you can cut out of your daily habits to free up those precious extra minutes in your day.