I cannot emphasize how much “I don’t have time” correlates to “It’s not a priority.” I challenge everyone to take the phrase “I don’t have time” and replace it with “It’s not a priority”. I guarantee you that it will be eye-opening.
Quite frequently I have individuals who talk to me about my workout regimen and my food prep and I’m amazed at their ability to find reasons as to why I am able to do the things I am able to do for my health and how those reasons correlate to why they absolutely cannot.
The most recent incident occurred as someone proceeded to tell me that I have time to workout because “I’m not responsible for other people”. Translation: I don’t have a husband or children. First, I believe this is an excuse. Do individuals who have families have a time management and priority challenge: yes. Do individuals like me have a priority challenge? YES. Everyone’s time management challenges are unique to them. I feel as though others have attempted to make me feel that because I don’t have a family, my priorities and check lists of things to complete are somehow easier to accomplish or not as important as those with families/husbands/wives. I proceeded to tell this person that I work full-time. I run a side business and a website. I have a dog that is a priority and I make sure she has food prepared and gets a walk 6 days a week. I spend a lot of time on the website/blog and other projects I’m working on collaborating with other professionals. I also spend a decent amount of time reading about medicine and investing into my career.
Everyday I wake up at 4:45am. I go to the gym participate in group crossfit class 5-6 days per week and 3 days a week I do extra individualized programming. I’m either out of the gym by 6:30 or 7:30am on days that I work depending on my programming. I go home walk my pup and listen to my HIPPO education RAP, shower/get ready/pack lunch(already prepped for week)/eat breakfast. Any extra time is dedicated to editing statements or working on the website OR a special project I’m working on with National Physician Assistant Eduction (its secret for now 😉 I arrive at work at 9am. 9am. By the time I get to work I’ve done more with my day than most people do with 12 hours. Currently I work in an urgent care. This morning in 3 hours and 15 minutes I have seen 11 patients and written most of this blog. Any down time at work I spend editing, reading medicine or responding to emails.
We all have priority challenges. We filter massive amounts of information, people and tasks daily and we decide consciously and unconsciously what we prioritize. You are what you do, not who you say you are or what you say you will do.
We all have the same 24 hours in the day, it’s all about finding ways to maximize every minute and hour afforded to you.
I challenge everyone who reads this article– for ONE WEEK: Replace “I don’t have time” with “It’s not a priority” and I guarantee you will learn a great deal about yourself.