Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Have Time

“I don’t have time.” 

I hear that phrase in one form or another at least once a week.

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We all have the same amount of time, so why do some people manage to get done so much more than others?

Usually from the same few people week after week. Some of these people are far less busy than I am.

When I hear someone say this, I ask myself, Is it true? How can you not have time when we all have the same amount of time? We all have 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, 365 days in a year.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand journeys to plan

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?

 ~ “Seasons of Love,” from ‘Rent,’ the Broadway musical

The truth of the matter is we have all the time we need to accomplish everything when we are clear about our goals, are willing to set priorities, and we commit to managing our time well.  

We are excellent time managers when it comes to doing those things we value and want to do. We are excellent time managers when we value the people to whom we have made the commitment. Even when we genuinely cannot keep a commitment – and yes, unexpected events do suddenly command our attention and divert us from our intended commitments and projects – we have the time to admit to others our decision to redirect our efforts and to set a new time line.

 At work,  we have time to get done both the high-profile project and the mundane paperwork when we hold ourselves accountable to complete both of them.

As a parent, we have time to help with homework, read bedtime stories and attend our children’s school events, when we decide it is important to do those things.

As a relationship partner, we have time to simply be with each other, to do the chores,  to lend a helping hand or a comforting shoulder, when we decide it is important to do those things.

As a friend, we have time for a cup of coffee, a chat in person or by phone, or to do a favor, when we decide it is important to do those things.

As part of our community, we have time to volunteer for projects, to get to know our neighbors, to vote, when we decide it is important to do those things.

As an adult, we have time for ourselves to do what we enjoy, to take care of our bodies through exercise or meditation, or to do nothing at all, when we decide it is important to do those things.

When we are honest about our priorities and the choices we make, we build our self-confidence. When we keep our commitments, we show respect for others and ourselves and we prove ourselves to be trustworthy. We may even improve our decision-making and time-management skills.

Life Is Honest, Open and True: The next time you’re expected to deliver on a commitment and you’re ready to say, “I don’t have time for this,” take a minute and think. Is it true? Why do I not have time? What does this mean about the choices I’ve made? Are my priorities in the right place? What would it take for me to “have time”?

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