I am chronically a busy person. Our schedule always feels packed and I even thrive amongst the busy-ness. It's hard though because I feel like certain things in my life have gotten neglected because of that divided attention. I used to make sure our lawn was mowed once a week, but shamefully I admit we allowed 3 weeks to go by last time. I used to exercise every single morning, but lately I feel like sleeping an extra few minutes wins out.
I came across this article in the Wall Street Journal about being busy. It really hit a sensitive spot! It suggests that we change our language when it comes to our time. A common excuse is "I don't have time to ...." I don't have time to exercise. I don't have time to read. I don't have time to do your ironing. etc. Instead, try saying "_______ isn't a priority." "Exercising isn't a priority." "Blogging today isn't a priority."
Say it out loud. Some things aren't going to sit well! Saying that exercise isn't a priority makes me really uncomfortable! Now I have no problem saying doing your laundry isn't a priority. But, watching an entire season of a show in one sitting somehow is a priority? Another sentence that makes me feel icky.
Changing the way we think about time v. priority really affects how we feel about that task. If I'm honest with myself some things have just become not really that important. Mowing my lawn each week is just not important to me anymore, which is totally cool. But, there are certain things that have no excuse. Health is a priority, and using the don't have time excuse just won't cut it for me. So I am really making it goal to change how I think about my to-do list and how I think about my time. Hopefully it will change how I end up using that time!
Leave me a comment: How guilty do you feel after trying this?? Or do you feel better about figuring out what exactly is important to you?