We really need to stop saying "I don't have time"!
I recently heard this quote, "busy-ness is just an excuse for laziness". And although my first instinct was to hurl something at the person who said it for being such an insufferable overachiever, I realized upon further examination (and the fact that I was listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast and not an actual person in front of me whom I could hurl said object at), that there might actually be some truth to this.
I'm a recovering multitasker ... I say "recovering" hopefully rather than truthfully, I'm afraid. For most of my adult life, I've had a million balls up in the air, whether it was balancing extracurricular activities and being part of several clubs in school, or having side gigs on side gigs more recently. Invariably, I'd catch myself complaining about how I never had time. But after listening to Tim Ferriss's dulcet tones, I decided to take a step back and evaluate what I was really spending my time on, and the man was right!
Here's the thing -- when you say you don't have time, it really means that you're choosing not to prioritize that thing you're claiming to not have time for. In fact, Chase Jarvis (yes, I am a personal development junkie) recently talked about how replacing the phrase "I don't have time" with "that's just not a priority for me right now" can be so revealing. So take a long, hard look at what your daily activities involve. What are you choosing to prioritize over others? What can you minimize? Where can you get creative? When should you be multitasking and when should you not?
I know this is easier said than done, but as with everything else, it starts with at least being aware. The worst thing you can do is continue fooling yourself into thinking you're too busy and end up losing out on some really important stuff in the process. So at least take the first step and remove that phrase from your vocabulary -- "I don't have time". I'm right there with ya!