“I don’t have time”

28 Mar

Time management, gtd, excuse, life


P.S. – This post is inspired from a post at Accidental Creative written by Todd Henry. Its a fantastic site about being crazy productive as a creative. I highly suggest checking out the site, feeding to your RSS, subscribing to their email posts!


So where have you heard that phrase before – “I don’t have time”! Think for a minute and you will realize that you yourself use that phrase all the time. For me personally speaking its the most over-rated phrase of all times. When a person says that phrase, more often than not, what they actually mean is that “I am not interested” or “I am really bad with managing my time and I am already going a few weeks over due on a lot of things”!

Now to be fair, there are times when you are truly having a deep scarcity of the very precious commodity – time, but this post is not about those times! (Though when people over-use this phrase they want to believe they are in “those” times!)

Each one of us, no matter how your financial statements are glowing with sufficient cash or its just a sore even looking at them, we all have the same 24 hours every day of our lives. The difference is how we use the time.

I can understand when people want to ignore some body or some work and use the excuse of I don’t have time, but what surprises me is when people do the same even in their relationships. Relationships with their spouses, their friends, their near and dear ones, with people they apparently love and care about! All those childhood years, where we spent so much time together, carefully nourishing our friendship for years and decades and then when you get busy with the hustle-bustle of life, you start forgetting everything as if you are suffering from slow Amnesia??? In today’s world where you have the power of technology at your side, nothing is as easy than to stay in touch! Be it via email, sms(text), Facebook, Twitter, etc…its as easy as breathing! Seriously!

And still people say, oh I am too busy! They are never too busy playing Farmville or all those stupid apps like “whats my mood today, horoscope” etc, but they are busy for staying in touch with people they apparently care about! Nothing is more complex than a human being’s mind and his/her ways!

Its ok to make a choice of not being in touch or not being interested, but don’t pretend as if your actions are dictated by your lack of time. For me I am just not able to use the phrase” I don’t have time” and not feeling guilty about it. Instead I had rather, “hey no hard feelings, but this just doesn’t interest me and I really don’t wish to do it”.

P.S.  – Not using the phrase “I don’t have time” doesnt mean you say “yes” to every thing people ask you to do. Both are different issues.

So when people use the phrase, its not about lack of time, they are just not interested or are ignoring you! Period.

People who accomplish so much in life  – and I don’t mean just in monetary terms – are brilliant, absolutely brilliant in managing their time. They are extremely busy with a million things, yet if they want to do something they WILL find a way for it. Its not that the more rich or busy you are the less reliable you become. Its actually the opposite. The reason they have accomplished so much is because they can be relied upon, can be counted upon.

So now whenever you don’t wish to entertain some one don’t say you don’t have time, think of something better and more prudent!

Till my next post,



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