There’s a phrase that is constantly uttered by people from all walks of life. I’ve said it and I am sure you have said it.
I don’t have time.
Wait, what? Let’s take a step back and think about what you really mean when you say this. Then say exactly what you mean.
I don’t want to do that.
That is not important to me.
I am choosing to not make that a priority.
Look, I get it… you’re busy. If anyone understands being busy, it is this gal right here. Let’s take a quick look at some of the things I juggle daily.
- Homeschool four kids
- Cook and eat healthy food
- Work out regularly
- Maintain a successful relationship
- Take care of four kids in every way
- Maintain a social life
- Maintain a mostly clean household
- Co-write this blog, which also involves managing many social media outlets
- Run my resale business
- Plan several other ventures
There are many other things that I do, but these are the things I prioritize and MAKE time for, because they are important to me and reflect the kind of life I want. Let me assure you, that is what this is all about. We all get 24 hours in a day. Every. Single. One. Of. Us. Yes, I’ve used the time excuse. I used to use it ALL THE TIME. Oh, the things I didn’t have time for.
I don’t have time to make friends.
I don’t have time to work out.
I don’t have time to eat healthy.
I don’t have time to go back to school.
I don’t have time to do makeup daily.
I don’t have time to clean.
So what happened? I didn’t magically get extra time in my day. No, I decided I was done. Done with excuses. Done with waiting for life to be the way I want. Done with feeling so unsatisfied with life.
Not only did I stop making excuses for things I wasn’t doing, I stopped apologizing for not making time for certain things. There was a day a coworker asked me to get drinks after work. Internally, I was thinking about how I’d rather catch up on DVR and have some quiet time on the couch, but instead, I said, “oh, I don’t have time tonight. Sorry.” NO. Stop apologizing. Don’t be sorry that you don’t want to do something. There is nothing wrong with saying, “Thanks for the invitation, but I just want some time to myself tonight. I have a full DVR and bottle of wine calling my name.” Own your life.
I thought about what my idea life would entail and I started chipping away at the parts I could. I made decisions and took action. And holy shit, it has really paid off. I love my life. I LOVE MY LIFE.
Ask yourself what you want out of life. Then MAKE time for it. You will have to drop some things, wake up a little earlier, rearrange your day… but do it.
The life you want is waiting.