I don’t have time to go to the gym.
I don’t have time to cook tonight.
I don’t have time to make breakfast.
I don’t have time to food journal.
I don’t have time to take a walk.
What don’t you have time for?
How many time have you uttered a similar phrase?
How many time did you let yourself off the hook after saying it?
Now, try saying this to yourself…
Working out is not a priority.
Cooking a healthy dinner is not a priority.
Eating breakfast is not a priority.
Watching what I eat is not a priority.
Taking a walk break is not a priority.
Does it put things in a different perspective for you?
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 résumé, sweetie, 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
I’ve kind of talked about this before when someone asked me how I stay organized (hint: I don’t.) I refer to it as making things “non-negotiable.”
Here’s the thing…
YOU decide what’s on your non-negotiable list. YOU decide what’s a priority.
You know that, right?