Chatting to an organised corporate manager yesterday, he told me he kept a stopwatch in the office for “myth-busting” purposes. Occasionally a staff member will delay sending out an invoice, for example, because they “don’t have time”. So he puts their theory to the test, standing by with the stopwatch while the invoice is prepared. And so the myth is busted, when the invoice is prepared in under 2 minutes.
While this method tests theories, it could also test relationships, so I don’t recommend you overuse it. But it’s certainly something to keep in mind when you catch yourself saying “I don’t have time” for the important things in your life. Often we spend more time working out ways to avoid a job than it would actually take to complete.