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I Really Want To, But I Don't Have Time

Updated: Jul 2, 2022

Have you ever found yourself saying this? If so, it's time to admit to the fact that you're just making excuses. That's OK. Maybe you don't really want the thing you claim you really want. I'm certainly not going to tell you that you should do something. I am, however, going to help you get there if you truly want to do something.

Let's go through a couple of hypothetical instances in which you might tell yourself you don't have the time to do something you want to do.

  1. "I really want to start working out, but I don't have time."

  2. "I really want to focus on self-care, but I don't have time."

  3. "I really want to write a novel/memoir, but I don't have time."

  4. "I really want to start my own business/side-hustle, but I don't have time."

  5. "I really want to learn a language/new skill, but I don't have time."

Do any of these sound familiar? I have certainly said each of these at one point or another in my life. The number of times I've tried to learn Spanish through Rosetta Stone or Duolingo is too embarrassing to mention. Each time, I manage to convince myself that I just don't have time. But we all know that's not what's going on. Learning Spanish wasn't a priority, so I didn't make time.

Not everything in your life has to be your priority. Only you can decide what's truly important to you. If you have decided that something is important to you, but you're still convinced you don't have time, then I'm ready to talk options.

Blaming a lack of time for your inability/unwillingness to pursue something you believe you truly want is common. I'm here to tell you that no matter what you have going on, you DO have time; and I'm going to prove it to you.

"How are you going to prove it to me, Diamando?" (I'm imagining righteous indignation, sarcasm, and perhaps a bit of sass in this question).

Well, I'm going to give you an exercise that is going to drive you absolutely crazy, but will show you exactly how you're spending your time and help you figure out where you could carve out a little more time for this thing you claim you truly want/need/HAVE to do.

"But I don't want to do something that's going to drive me crazy, and like I said, I don't have time for anything else." (Now I'm imagining a bit of a whine and perhaps a hint of annoyance).

What if I told you that you that this exercise I'm going to give you is specifically designed to not take away any of your precious time? I know your time is worth a lot. I only want you to see how much it's worth.

"OK, Diamando, I'm a little intrigued. Talk to me." (You're still not sold, I can tell).