How to Stop Saying "I Don't Have Time" And Reclaim Your Life

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Think of something you want.

Something you want to be able to do, a skill you want to learn.

Somewhere you want to go, a book you want to read. Anything, just think for a moment about something you really want.

Now think of the reason you haven't done it yet.

My guess is it was "I don't have the time" (or the money but that's a whole 'nother story).

I just don't have the time.

How many times have you said this? How many times have you said it today? I say it allllll the time. My partner says it all the time. Everyone I know says it all the gosh darn time.

And it's true yeah, we are busy people. Lots of stuff going on everyday.

I don't have time to learn Hindi like I've wanted to for years. I don't have time to organize all the photographs on my computer. You don't have the time to take the night off. Train for that half marathon you swore you were going to run this year.

We. Have. Stuff. To. Do!


How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives

Today my phone told me I spent three hours on it. And yesterday it was four. I don't even remember what I did for most of it.

And I'm glad Netflix doesn't tell me how many hours I've spent watching things. That would no doubt be more than I could handle.

I also spent a lot of time looking for a shirt that was accidentally put in the wash today.

And deciding what to have for dinner....

Sorry if I step into cliche territory here but we all have 24 hours a day. Every single one of us (just like Beyonce and all that).

Put nine to the side to sleep and we've got 15 hours to allocate. And I don't have time to meditate for 15 minutes a day??! You don't have time for twenty minutes of yoga? To read a few chapters of a book?*

*Yes there are times when we 'actually' don't have the time. A brand new baby, a move, some huge life event, and it may not be the best time to finally start those salsa classes. I'm going to trust if that's the situation you're in then you can see that, give yourself some grace and do what you need to to get through. Maybe come back to this when you've settled enough to start reading articles on Facebook you don't care at all about.

Instead of saying "I don't have time" say "it's not a priority"

Try this:

Instead of saying I don't have time, switch it for "it's not a priority."

Wooooah! That feels super uncomfortable, am I right? I don't know about you but I'm feeling pretty attacked right now. My defenses are high, I'm the one writing the words.

It's not a priority.

That isn't something I want to prioritize my time on.

It's a pretty big point of view switch but it really spotlights the problem with using the time excuse. We have the time. The fifteen or so hours. Then we get to choose how we fill it. Because it's going to be filled regardless.

You are never going to get more time.

The amount you get is the amount everyone gets and you can do with it what you will.

If it makes you feel uncomfortable to switch, like it does for me when I say "it's not a priority to go to the dentist", then maybe its time to change things up a bit.

And if it's something like "it's not a priority to fold my socks" then own it.

Let's examine the real reasons we aren't doing the things our hearts and heads want and become more intentional with our minutes and hours. And our lives.

Let me know what some of these hidden reasons are in the comments or email. We can work on them together xx


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