Time and Priorities

It’s not how much time you have; it’s what priorities you set.  This is because everyone of us has all the time there is to have.  What varies is what you do with that time, and that depends on the priorities you set for yourself.

If your car breaks down you make the time to get it fixed. If you have to meet someone somewhere, you allow the time it takes to get to them. If you watch a movie, you spend the time it takes to see it.  Whatever we firmly decide , we also allot the time the decision makes necessary  to do that specific thing.

If someone says they don’t have enough time, what they are actually not noticing is that the time available to us is always the same.  Our leverage is determined by what we do with the time we have. It’s not ever about having more time. There is no more time. So, when you feel pressed for time, rethink your priorities. Look at what you are choosing to do and not do; that’s where the leverage for time is always located. The things you are not getting to do but say you want to do mean you need a priority change in your life.

Once you accept that your available time is always the same, allocated roughly at a rate of 24 hours per day, you are in a position to use that time more effectively.

For one week, don’t say, “I don’t have enough time.” Say instead, “What are my priorities?”  which is basically looking at how you allocate the time you do have, not focusing on the time you think you don’t have.

Easy to say, not so easy to do. Try it.


About The Practical Philosopher

I am a retired Philosophy professor. I taught philosophy for 43 years, and I would like to share some of what I have found pursuing the fascinating journey of philosophy.
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