When was the last time you found yourself saying that you don’t have enough time?
It probably wasn’t that long ago.
In fact, running out of time is the number one excuse professionals use to get out of pretty well anything.
Your mom wants to meet for lunch?
You wish you could, but you just can’t afford the time.
You’re offered the chance to join the team working on a new, exciting project at work?
You want to but you have to decline because you can’t fit it in.
If you really pay attention, you’ll probably find that you use this excuse quite a bit.
But I’m here to tell you that, no matter how busy you are, whenever you say you don’t have enough time, you’re lying.
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You Do Have Enough Time
But here’s the crazy part: Almost everyone believes this lie.
And it prevents them from ever getting their productivity game off the ground.
Whenever I hear a client utter these five little words (“I don’t have enough time”), I stop them dead in their tracks, and I tell them to banish these words from their vocabulary.
Because the truth is we all have the time to do the things we want to do. We just don’t want to use our time on certain things.
So, when your friend asks you to meet them for lunch and you tell them that you’d love to but you don’t have the time, that’s a lie. The truth is that you’re not foregoing lunch with your friend because you don’t have the time; the truth is that you’re foregoing lunch because it’s not a strong enough priority for you that day.
In other words, you don’t really want to do it—at least not when you compare it to all the other things you could be spending your time on.
So, here’s my challenge to you: resolve to never say that you don’t have the time again.
No excuses. And no exceptions.
Simply don’t say it.
Tell the Truth
When you catch yourself starting to say that you don’t have enough time, stop yourself and tell the truth instead: say that you don’t want to do it.
Trust, me, this little shift will dramatically change the way you manage your time because it transforms your focus from the time that you think you’re lacking to priorities you’ve set.
And, when you do that, your productivity will shoot through the roof.
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It All Starts With Values
Now, if you’re going to shift your focus from the time that you never have enough of to your priorities, you need to begin by defining your values.
Values are at the foundation of living a truly productive life.
That’s why I teach Value Based Productivity.
Because once you’ve identified your values, you can define your priorities, and you can set your goals.
And then, managing your time becomes a matter of managing your priorities.
And that’s a lot easier to do.