time is a choice

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Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority” and see how that feels.

Often that’s a perfectly adequate explanation.

I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to.

But other things are harder.

Try it:

“I’m not going to edit your resume because it’s not a priority.”

“I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.”

If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.

Laura Vanderkam

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