Sorry, I just can’t find the time.
Or, something like that.
No one finds time. No one makes time.
You prioritize time.
Show me your calendar and I’ll tell you what you prioritize
This is an old adage that I believe becomes more and more true every year. It’s so easy to get distracted today that those who prioritize their schedules stand out. They stand out in ways that may not always be obvious. Sometimes they stand out by standing back. Meaning, not jumping into every conversation, project, or “opportunity” in order to focus on what they deem to be a priority.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
~ Michael Altshuler
To stand out in your career you learn one thing very quickly. You learn to prioritize your time.
Now, I’m not saying or even implying you get to do what you want all the time. Although, there should be a bit of that thrown in to keep yourself honest and moving forward.
What I am suggesting is that those that keep a view of their schedule have a much better view of their career. And, the people that pay attention to you will, by default, be looking at your schedule and how you prioritize your time.