Being busy with school makes it mentally impossible for me to make space for anything that doesn’t have to do with the work I need to do. It’s great. But right now I’m mentally exhausted and I have to get up for my chem exam/bio test in less than 6 hours. Who’s the real winner here? Not me, clearly.

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.
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