Change 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.

Fascinating Wall Street Journal Article on being busy.

(via Joanna Goddard)

5 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Wow!! Just what I need to say to my children-especially my daughter when she comments on my lack of cleaning skills in my house-would rather sit on the beach or be shopping.Anything but cleaning!!!

  2. So wise. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Absolutelly agree!

  4. This is TRULY great. I will implement this from now on…This is my PRIORITY!

  5. This is such a great idea!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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