“I Don’t Have Time for That” – One Simple Shift to Make Time for You

Is it “time” to shift your mindset?


It’s been quite a while since I have written, as I was busy working in a short-term contract role.  I wanted to write, wanted to create, wanted to do so many things these past few weeks – but I just kept not taking action.

“I don’t have the time” is what I would tell myself. “I am too busy with work, too busy to paint, too busy to write, too tired to cook . . .” the list goes on.

Sound familiar?  What do you tell yourself when this voice enters your head?  “I should be doing _____ , but I just don’t have the time.”

So what did I do?

I self-sabotaged.

Melinda VanKirk
I Don't Have Time for that

I focused on my contract work, and let most everything else go.  I wanted to work on my business, I wanted to paint, and yet I just didn’t quite follow-through with these things. I ignored my body, kept pushing through, and tried to do everything – with poor results.  Then I started feeling ill, forcing me to take time off to rest.

I made a poor choice.

Today is a new day – a day filled with possibilities to make better choices and reframe my mindset.

No more “yes, but” – it’s time for “yes, and.”  Yes I am busy, and I can make time to do something for me today.   I am busy with work, and I can stop for 30 minutes to paint.  I can turn off the TV and go for a walk.  I can shut off my social media and read a book.  I can say NO to something else, and YES to what I value the most.

If this sounds familiar to you, it’s time to re-prioritize and make time for you.

Journaling Exercise

How can you prioritize your wellbeing?

How simple can you make it?

  1. Write down all the things you tell yourself you don’t have time for.  Take one minute and make a list.  Circle your top three priorities.
  2. Now write down what is standing in your way – what are you doing that you can stop doing?  Circle the one item that is easiest to remove from your schedule.
  3. Schedule in your calendar one priority for you this week, replacing what you want to cut out.
Melinda VanKirk Journaling

I Challenge You to Prioritize You

What can you do TODAY to make time for you?

Let go of the old mindset – making time is all about shifting the mental constraints we have and re-prioritizing ourselves.

You must take care of yourself in order to take care of others.  Your health and wellbeing depend on it.

I challenge you to commit to one thing you will do for yourself this week – post it in the forum.

I’ll be posting mine!

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