I’d like to try to learn something every day. To that end, here is what I learned today:
Instead of saying you don’t have time to do something, try saying that the thing isn’t a priority. When you say you don’t have time, you are putting the responsibility on someone or something else. For example, reword “I don’t have time to read to my child at night,” to “it’s not my priority to read to my child at night.” Well, is that true? And if it’s not true, why do you let other items steal that time away from what you’d really rather be doing — especially when those items might be busy work like checking Facebook or email? If it is true, maybe there’s a reason that reading isn’t a priority, like the books aren’t very interesting. So … now you know to get different books.
Paraphrased from 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
I like this lesson because it forces you to admit to yourself that there are some things you feel like you should be doing, but don’t want to do and so it’s easier to say “I don’t have time.” Better to admit that you could probably find the time, but the reality is you just don’t want to. Save yourself the guilt and work with the priorities you actually intend.