Instead of Saying “I Don’t Have Time,” Say “It’s Not a Priority”

via Instead of Saying “I Don’t Have Time,” Say “It’s Not a Priority”.

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.

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Kathy on March 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    That’s an excellent point, Tim!

    Reply

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