The Biological Reason Why We Don’t Have Time



Let me start by saying that yes, we DO have time. There are a few of us who really are busy every minute of every day, but they’re in the minority.

When we count the hours we spend on sleep, household and other chores, and work, we’re usually left with an astonishingly – and frankly, embarrassingly – large number of hours of “free time”. How come we never have any left?

There’s a biological reason for this, in fact! Your mission today is to learn about this reason, and learn how to outsmart your own brain.

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Task 1: Why you don’t have time


The largest part of our brains could be called the rational brain. It’s for reasoning, making decisions, logic. However, the most powerful, because oldest part (from the standpoint of evolution) is the limbic brain, which could be called the emotional brain.

The rational brain tells you that you need to get the housework done so you can pursue your passion. The limbic brain has no concept of time and seduces you to scroll through Facebook instead or spend the evening on the couch watching Netflix.

Get it? The limbic brain doesn’t understand time, it only understands emotion. It’s like a little child that wants everything now. To try and overrule it with your rational brain is like fighting a war against yourself.

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Task 2: Work with your brain, not against it


To counteract this, you need to get on your limbic brain’s good side. Feed it plenty of emotional rewards. This is why you need to prioritise your passion!

When you feel compelled to watch a movie instead of painting, dig for the emotion behind this impulse. What’s your limbic brain trying to feel? Maybe it’s cosiness and comfort. Give that to yourself through Self Care. Then surprise the limbic brain with the joy of pursuing your passion.