When someone tells me “I just don’t have the time...” I know what they are really feeling and what they mean is “I’m overwhelmed by everything I already have on my plate and I can’t imagine adding one more responsibility or commitment”
Totally a legit feeling. Us women are notorious for saying yes to too many things (a lot of which we don’t event want to do) stretching ourselves too thin and feeling completely depleted because of it.
Then when something comes along that we really WANT to do...an opportunity, an invitation, we literally convince ourselves that we don’t have the time.
Yesterday in my stories I posted the schedule of what I consider to be the average busy, very involved woman and I got so many msgs about “wow, that puts things into perspective” or “this makes me feel so much better about my schedule-I have a lot more time than I think!” I’m going to share it here:
Works Full Time: 45hrs/week (including drive time)
Has 2 Kids in Sports: 7hrs/week (including practices and games)
Very Involved in Church: 4hrs/week
Works Out Every Day: 7hrs/week
Gets a Full 8 Hours of Sleep/Night: 56hrs/week
Takes an hour to get ready every day: 7hrs/week
Prepares and Eats Dinner with Her Family Every Night: 10hrs/week
Grocery Shops Once a Week: 2hrs/week
Spends Time Keeping House (Laundry/Dishes/Cleaning): 3hrs/week
Watches 3 Favorite Shows Every Week: 3hrs/week
Guess what? This woman still has 24 UNUSED hours every single week!
An entire 8th Day to do WHAT 👏🏻 EVER 👏🏻 SHE 👏🏻 WANTS 👏🏻 What have you been saying no to lately with the “I don’t have the time” answer?? What are you saying yes to that is completely overwhelming you and filling your plate? Are they yeses you REALLY want to say yes to?
If not, politely decline, open up some of your schedule, give that opportunity to someone who may really enjoy it and GO GIVE THAT TIME TO SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO! - 32 minutes ago