Avoid Saying "No Time" As An Excuse To Procrastinate
Mar 16, 2012 15:07
Saying "we don't have time" is more often than not a lie we tell
others and ourselves. Sure, we all lead busy lives, but using our
limited time as an excuse to procrastinate only results in more
procrastination and things not getting done.
So what's the solution? Here's a simple mind trick courtesy of Wall Street Journal writer Laura Vanderkam which involves altering what you tell yourself in order to prioritize which task is more worth your time:
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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