I’m not going to do it. It’s not a priority.

timeChange your language. 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







Quote Source: WSJ: Are You As Busy As You Think? via swiss-miss.  Image Source: Marcdesa

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  1. You’re hitting the nails on their heads this morning my friend..


  2. And for anyone who maintains that “words don’t matter…”. These kind of exercises make me squirm, but only because they hit so damn close to home. Mimi and Anake Andre right, David–you’re nailing it this morning (she says as she pulls the covers back over her head…)


  3. It certainly helps put things in perspective….


  4. So true! I do have time, but I am choosing to do something else. This is a good one, David.


  5. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    Oh that’s powerful.
    I don’t how much more thinking I can take this week…


  6. What a very good reminder and put right to the point where it hits you between the eyes.


  7. Excellent point! I just had a discussion about that with my boyfriend last night about working out my priorities and lessening the time spent on things that hindered me in reaching whatever goal I had wanted to achieve that day..


  8. I’m very good at putting thing at the bottom of the priority list. I do it all the time. But what happens to the things at the top of that list (that I really don’t want to deal with either!)?


  9. Reblogged this on Sweetie Pie.


  10. I like this!


  11. Alex Jones says:

    “I am not going to breath, breathing is not a priority.” Anonymous, deceased.


  12. I am not going to eat lunch because I need to catch up with my emails.
    I’m not going to clean the house as it will get dirty again.
    I’m not going to send my novel to the publisher in case of rejection.

    Only joking 🙂 I’m starving. I intend to clean the house after lunch. I’ve just submitted my children’s novel to a publisher.


  13. Still laughing…and I’m always starving.


  14. Hello David,

    Hope you are doing well.

    I completely agree with you. You reminded me of a Quote, “If you think you CAN or you CAN’T, either way you are right”. Life is how we choose to make it because we can’t go on with life without shedding few tears or without having wonderful moments with our loved ones. Life is wonderful if you know how to LIVE it. 🙂


  15. Interesting concept. I like it.


  16. Reblogged this on John Persch und kommentierte:
    “Ich habe keine Zeit”, hört man oft. Genauer hingeschaut übersetzt man es wohl eher mit “It’s not a priority”. Toller Artikel.


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