Yesterday, I was working with a client and he mentioned that he would love to read more, but he doesn’t have time. Sound familiar? Have you ever felt like that? You would love to read, exercise, write, etc., but you just “don’t have time.”
The truth is that we all have time. Time is the greatest common denominator because regardless of gender, age, social class or race, we all have the exact amount of time. When we say, “we don’t have time” what we really mean is “This is not a priority.”
Watch how quickly your perspective shifts when you take ownership of your choices and say:
- “I would love to read, but reading is not a priority,” or
- “I would love to exercise, but exercising isn’t a priority,” or
- “I would love to write, but writing isn’t a priority.”
Suddenly, the excuse of “no time” becomes an incredibly weak argument, doesn’t it? Remember, time management is really choice management. We all have twenty-four hours each day, and the choices we make with the time that we have is what will make us successful.
So I challenge you today to delete “I don’t have time” from your vocabulary and replace it with “It’s not a priority.” Taking ownership of the choices you are making will shift the way you perceive time, and this simple change will have a huge impact on your journey to peak productivity.