The words, “I don’t have time for that” should never leave your lips. It’s just an outright lie.
So just admit it: If you don’t have time for something, then it’s just not important to you.
If you got a call that your child was in an accident and at the hospital, you would make time to get to the hospital and take care of the situation… regardless of how busy you were.
So what people really mean when they say “I don’t have time” is that particular thing, whatever it might be, is not important enough to deserve their time
What does this mean for you?
Be honest with yourself and the people around you. Stop making excuses by using the “I don’t have time” line. It’s not productive. Decide how you are going to spend your time and commit to that.
Notice when you hear yourself saying that line either out loud or quietly in your head. When you catch yourself ask yourself, “Is this something that I need to do?” If yes, then make time to take care of it right away. If it’s something that needs to be done in the future, schedule time to take care of it. If it’s not something you need to do, then just say to yourself or the people around you, “It’s not a priority for me right now. You’ll need to find someone else to take care of that.”