What “Not Having Enough Time” Really Means
So often we hear people say, “I haven’t had enough time lately” or “I’ve been too busy.” This could be in response to a request to hangout, collaborate on work or just a check-in from an old friend.
I’m here to tell you that this is bullshit.
While we know that time is a valuable and limited asset, there are more than enough hours during the days, weeks, months and years to get around to doing everything that one would want to do. When someone replies to a question with not having enough time to do something, it means that they’re prioritizing other things over whatever was proposed.
Now, there is nothing wrong with this. There are plenty of times where we’re offered to go out drinking, to grab dinner or to collaborate on work with someone but we choose other activities instead which makes us “busy.”
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I’m not going to lie, I’ve done it plenty of times before. When asked to go out to a bar, I’ve declined it in favor of working and claimed to be “too busy.” When asked where I’ve been since the summer started, I’ve replied by saying, “Working, man. I haven’t had a ton of free time.” The truth is I have had free time but decided to spend that time executing a business plan, relaxing or plotting my next move.
We all get the same 24 hours every day, what we do with those 24 hours ultimately creates our life story and the type of people we become. Some spend hours on Xbox with their Halo clan. Some spend a fraction of their day volunteering. Some people like spending tons of time online trying to impress people they’ve never met before. These decisions we make are influenced by our preferences and we’re sure to make time for them as we enjoy them the most.
Think about what you do every day. You use up the 24 hours your way and prioritize the things you want to prioritize. Even if you’re forced to work 16-hour work days, there are still 8 hours left every single day. Sure, most would probably allocate as much of that time as possible into sleeping but you’re still prioritizing sleep over seeing your friends or working a side hustle which is absolutely fine.
Everyone’s idea of “busy” is different. Someone could consider a 6-hour shift a busy day while others could be in class for 2 hours and claim they’re busy. No matter what your obligations are throughout your day, week, month or year, there is always time remaining that you can allocate to whatever you like.
So next time you hear someone say they don’t have time or they’re too busy to do something, just know that they’re prioritizing something else over what was proposed. We’re allowed to spend our time on this Earth as we please so figure out what you’re prioritizing in your life and if it’s really what you enjoy.