Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. Does your schedule sometimes feel like the plot of a daytime soap? Do you feel like your evil twin is secretly adding tasks to your to do list, or setting your clock forward behind your back? Watch today’s video and take some time off for good behavior. 😉 (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.)
Hi, I’m Lorie Marrero, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about changing your language about time. You know, one of my friends, Laura Vanderkam, wrote this great book called “168 Hours, You Have More Time Than You Think.” And I did a telecast with her recently, and she told our audience that there are four words you should never say, and they are: “I don’t have time.” Because you know what? This 168 hours that everyone has for a week is the great equalizer. We all have the same amount of time. The fact is that time is choices. Every minute, every hour, is a choice of what we’re going to do with it. So I have another favorite book that is called “The Big Leap,” and it’s by a man named Gay Hendricks. And in that, he says that you should completely abstain from complaining about time. And I’ve really made a practice of this in my life. So not only have I eliminated Laura’s suggestion, which is the “I don’t have time” words, but I also try not to say, “I’m in a hurry,” or, “There aren’t enough hours in the day,” or other things like that, because you know what, then we put ourselves in the mindset of time poverty, and we really think about things differently. We don’t accept responsibility for the fact that every minute is a choice. So, what I’ve done instead is I have reframed that for myself and I try to say, “I am prioritizing other things right now,” “I haven’t made time for that,” “I haven’t carved out time for that yet,” “I need to finish some other things first,” or, “I chose to do other things instead.” So if you can see with me right there, that’s a lot more empowering, and it makes you take a lot more responsibility for the choices that you are making.
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See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.
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