“I haven’t got time for that” re-thinking time scarcity


“I haven’t got time for that.”

“There just aren’t enough hours in the day?”


How often have you used one of the above phrases?

I would guess, knowing the pressures of modern life, especially those for us involved in education, it’s fairly frequent.

It seems to be a symptom of our modern age that we’re pushed from one thing to the next, working at maximum capacity, without the ability to really think about what we’re doing at all.

Let me propose something very simple to you, a mindset shift that could have massive implications.

As you may know from my previous writing, I’m all about working from an abundance mindset. As such, over the last few months, I’ve tried to remove any limiting beliefs or ideas that are based around scarcity from my thought process.

Time though is finite – you only get 24 hours a day. So how can you come at that from a point of abundance?

The key here lies in choice.


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The scarcity lies in what you are choosing to do right now, not what you might be able to do in the future.

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Instead of saying, “I haven’t got time to do that,” change it to, “that’s not important enough for me to do right now.”

It’s just a few words, but the implication of this rephrasing is important.

When you say, “I haven’t got time for that,” there’s an assumption that you’re desperate, that you’re running on empty with nowhere to go.

However, when it’s rephrased as “that’s not important enough for me to do right now,” it suggests you’ve prioritized what you need to do and are acting on only the essential things. It also implies that there is the intention that you will do it, just not right now.

This simple rephrasing could also help you make the right choices: “I haven’t got time to visit my parents this weekend,” because you’ve brought too much work home sounds sad, unfortunate, but reasonable.  “Visiting my parents this weekend isn’t important enough to me right now,” shows you what that decision really means – you’re valuing work over your family.

I’ve found this simple re-phrasing has allowed me to really think about what I want to do. And how I want to use my most important resource – time.

How would having more time change your life?

Could changing your mindset help this?

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