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We’ve all been there.
I’m too busy to read/work out/take an art class.
When people aren’t doing the things they want and need to do, what do they say the most?
I don’t have time.
If you’ve ever said those four words, you’ve allowed yourself become victim to a problem you’ve created. We all have the same amount of time; we just use the time we have differently.
“You have the same number of hours in the day as Beyoncé.” (Tweet this)
Debugging the Voice In Your Head That Says “I Don’t Have Time”
The next time you find yourself feeling like you don’t have time, I invite you to debug it with the following process:
- Acknowledge that you’re choosing to do other things with the time you have. What you’re not doing is displaced by what you are doing.
- Be careful not to confuse your aspirations with your priorities. As Ghandi said, “Actions express priorities.” Ask yourself: Are the activities I’m choosing in alignment with my values and priorities?
- If the answer to the question in Step 2 is Yes, then we’re talking about balancing and stacking your values and priorities. If the answer is No, then you may have to quit some activities — in order to do that, think about putting yourself on a plan of strategic withdrawal. Most of our commitments aren’t ones we can get out of overnight.
Your reach will always exceed your grasp; you’ll never have enough time to do everything you want to do.
The real question is: are you using the time and energy you do have on the things that matter the most to you?