“I Wish I Could, But I Just Don’t Have The Time”

Have you ever uttered these words, either to yourself or to another person?  Have you ever used this as an excuse for why you aren’t going to do something?  Stop now!

Time is a precious thing, it is probably our most valuable resource and they aren’t making more of it.  There’s so much to do and so little time to do it in.  What we choose to do with our time is important and how we come to that decision is what I want to talk about today.

There Are Only 24 Hours A Day

You only have a finite amount of time, but seemingly limitless possibilities from which to choose what you want to do with that time.  There are only 24 hours in a day, but millions of hours worth of things that you could be doing.

The question is “What are you going to do with the small amount of time that you have?” 

Or put another way “What are your priorities for what you want to do?”

Figuring out your priorities is important if you want to use your time wisely.  You must decide what is really important for you in your life and rank it against other things in order from highest to lowest.  Then when deciding what to do with your time you will be able to stop doing what is least important to you and make time for what is important.

Everyone Has The Same Amount Of Time

Have you ever seen a very accomplished person, perhaps an athlete, politician, businessman or even an astronaut, and wondered:

“Where did they get all the time to work so hard to get where they are today?”

The answer is, they made the time.  They don’t have any more or less time than anyone else, we all have 24 hours per day to work with.  The only question is how do we choose to spend our time.  Don’t deceive yourself into thinking that you “just don’t have enough time” to do something.  The reality is that you are making a choice not to do that thing.

What Are You Choosing To Do?

Is there something in your life that you have said: “I wish I could, but I just don’t have the time”?  Maybe you want to start exercising more or learn a new skill, but you’ve allowed yourself to believe this excuse and now you aren’t doing what you want to do.  You’ve sold yourself short if you are believing this excuse.  We are always in a situation where there isn’t enough time, what matters is what are you choosing to do with your limited time.  Be intentional with your actions and take responsibility for them.

Let’s take an example:

Mary wants to exercise 3 times a week by going to her local gym, but she tells herself that “she just doesn’t have the time”.  At the moment she doesn’t go to the gym, even though she wants to.  She also spends 2 hours a day watching shows on Netflix.

Mary believes that she “doesn’t have enough time for the gym”, but really she has prioritized other things in her life, for instance watching Netflix.  The problem is that she doesn’t believe she is deciding to do what she IS doing and she isn’t taking responsibility for it.  Mary could perfectly well decide that she does want to prioritize watching shows over going to the gym, she can decide to do whatever she wants to do in her life, but she instead is playing the victim and believes there “just isn’t enough time” to do what she really wants to.

Actions speak louder than words.  What you DO in your life reflects your priorities, whether you are aware of them or not.  If you do make time to watch Netflix but not to go to the gym, then you are prioritizing Netflix over exercise.  Which is perfectly fine if that’s the choice you want to make.  Just make sure that you own your decisions and stand by them.  Don’t play the victim.

How Do You Want To Use Your Time?

How do you choose to use your time?  Have you ever tried to play the victim and lie to yourself that you “just didn’t have enough time”?

There will always be more to do than is possible for us to do, that is why it is critical that we choose what is most important for us.  We must make this choice on a daily basis and become responsible for it, otherwise, we will end up wasting our most valuable asset, our time.

Take responsibility for your life, your actions, and your time.

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