I have a pet peeve - okay I have a few: toilet paper that's been hung backwards, people who shout on their cell phones in the store, bags of chips that haven't been closed. Those are just a few. But my biggest pet peeve (with the toilet paper thing a close, close second) is the statement "I don't have time". I have written about it before and I will write about it again because it bugs me that much. That much x10,000.
If you were to ask me what the #1 excuse women give for not doing something it would be that one sentence "I don't have time". Tell me that you love to read but you don't have time to because your life is just so busy and my bull-shit-o-meter goes off like fireworks on the 4th of July. Tell me you want to start a business but you're already working 65 hours a week for 40 hours of pay and you just don't have the time and I have to tell you that you're lying.
You're lying to yourself if you think you'd do something if only another magical hour appeared in your day.
You're lying to yourself if you think that the reason you aren't doing something is because you truly don't have the time.
You have the time. You're just CHOOSING to spend it on something else. And if you truly madly wanted something, you would find the flipping time - and you'd find it in the same 24 hours that you just said were too full.
See what you spend your time on really is up to you. No excuses, no boundaries - just your choices. Even spending time to go to the bathroom is a choice - one I fully support by the way, much better than going where you stand. And the minute we change our relationship with our time and day into something that we create is the minute we start understanding that it's not about the time at all.
Some people go hiking and take dance lessons and blog and generally do stuff that they love to do - because they have chosen to spend their time allowance on those things. So when you find yourself saying that you don't have the time, ask yourself if that's really true. If it's just something you don't really want to do (like exercise) then change that statement to "I choose not to take my time doing x-y-z" or if you find that it's really important then find the time. Shut down Facebook and take a bike ride or leave work on time so you can start building up your own consultancy business or put a book in your car so you can read in between other things. Get creative with your day and stop making excuses.
The time is there if you choose to take it. Tell me below in the comments what you've been avoiding by making the time excuse... and how you're going to change that.
And by the way, the toilet paper should hang over the top.