Changing 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: it’s not a priority.
But other things are harder. Try these on for size:
· I’m not going to edit your resume because it’s not a priority.
· I’m not going to the doctor because my health is not a priority.
If these phrases don’t sit well with you, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that how we spend our time is a choice. If we don’t like how we are spending an hour, we can choose differently.