Don’t Have Time

“I don’t have time” is a euphemism for “I have other priorities.”

Every time I hear someone say they don’t have the time to do something, I cringe. That statement is a lie. Nobody is busy twenty-four hours in a day. At a minimum, everyone needs to eat and everyone needs to sleep to survive. The majority of us also spend at least a few minutes of leisure/downtime each day to refresh.

If you’re at work and your son has been trying to reach you over the phone but you decide not to answer because you’re busy, that is not a lack of time. Rather, it’s a priority.

It might sound harsh that you’re prioritizing your work over answering your son on the phone, but it’s the truth, and it can actually be justified. If you answer the phone during work when you’re not allowed to, you risk losing your job. If you lose your job then you won’t be able to provide for your family. So you had the time to answer the phone, but you just had other priorities.

In another situation, if your son was calling you during work but you knew he was in danger and needed your immediate help, you would answer the phone no matter what. In that situation, he is your top priority, so you choose to spend your time on that.

The most common excuse I hear people say for not going to the gym is I don’t have time. What if you would die if you didn’t work out at least one minute every day? Would you suddenly have time to go to the gym, or would you make the time?

“I don’t have time” is a euphemism for “I have other priorities at the moment.” And there is nothing wrong with having priorities. Sometimes we have a good reason for that priority. However, too often people lie by saying they don’t have the time to do something when it’s actually not a high enough priority for them to sacrifice alternatives.

Spend five minutes less sleeping and then you’ll have five minutes to workout. Spend five minutes less on your phone and that’s five minutes you can use to read. You don’t have to make those sacrifices, but do not lie to yourself and say you don’t have the time to do it.