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Say goodbye to the “I don’t have time” excuse in 2021

During the pandemic, many of us have noticed that we are using this excuse not to do what we really don’t want.

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Say goodbye to the “I don’t have time” excuse in 2021
Say goodbye to the “I don’t have time” excuse in 2021


For many, the pandemic has shown us that the phrase “I don’t have time”It’s really just an excuse. How many times have we stopped going out with friends, learning a new skill, playing sports, or even starting our own business because we say we don’t have time? Sure you, like me, several.

Those months of incarceration changed the routines for most of us. Although there have been cases where people have even had to double their working hours, others have cut our working hours dramatically. I’m used to having a lot of slopes, being in front of the computer from 9 to 7 and not disconnecting even on the weekend. Also, my office is not near my home (at least an hour’s drive), so it’s true: I used to not have much time to devote myself to other things beyond my life as an employee.

The sector I work in (entertainment) has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic for eight months Home office. I have always spoken out in favor of this program because I am convinced that it gives employees a better work-life balance and that it is particularly suitable for mothers and fathers. I realize that by saving traffic hours and reducing tasks, I have more free hours than I have since graduated from university. The typical “I don’t have time” excuse for not doing the things I’ve always wanted to do has become untenable.

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This year I neither started a master’s degree, nor did I learn to speak a language (I’m on a basic level in German at Duolingo), nor have I improved any skills. I dedicate much of this new free time to reading, exercising, helping with housework, and helping my mother with her business. The belief that “24 hours a day is not enough” is over because my situation is more or less the same as it was at the beginning of 2020.

These reflections a few days into the end of the year led me to wonder what I really want and what not, but that I’ve always found justifications for not doing them. I’ve found that I really appreciate the moments I can devote to my intellectual development (I’ve read about 30 books on this pandemic blessed Kindle!) Doing things that make me and others happy, like cooking a dessert; Take up activities I love and forget, like writing, and venture into relatively new ones that I didn’t have enough time to do before, like teaching.

I hope many of us will take the time to understand the importance of time for ourselves. This shouldn’t be an excuse to stop doing things, but something we value and use to do what we enjoy and make us better versions of ourselves … and that often means after Looking for moments to connect with ourselves. There is no need to learn a new language or play a musical instrument unless you want to, but it is necessary to find balance and ways to improve ourselves as humans. After all, one of the best things I learned from this perpetual quarantine was that every obstacle to doing or not doing is just an excuse.

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