There are countless articles and tips out there on how to save time. But saving time won’t get us where we want to be, as Laura Vanderkam points out in her TED talk, “we don’t build the lives we want by saving time. We build the lives we want, and then time saves itself.”

Simply put, “time is a choice.”

We all have goals and maybe you’re trying to build the habits to get there. Whether you want to get to the gym every other day or read every night before bed, it’s easy to find yourself using the excuse “I don’t have time.” Pushing things aside for later doesn’t help things, you won’t magically have more time in the future. Certainly not now that you’ve pushed so many things to someday.

This TED talk is a great reminder that not doing things isn’t necessarily because you don’t have time, it’s that the thing you think you want to do is just not important enough in your mind for you to want to do it.

Get used to thinking and saying “I don’t have the resource budget for that right now.” Time is not special, it is a resource just like any other. If you don’t have the budget then you don’t have the budget.

Like she says in the video, instead of saying that you “don’t have time” for something, you need to say that it is “not a priority.”

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