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Honest Talk On What 'I Didn't Have Time To' Really Means

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We all seem to be short on time, don’t we? Emails, notifications, pings, bells, chimes, and phone calls just to name a few. It seems that we are always on call and expected to respond.

That goes for our actual jobs but it goes for our personal lives too. Social media alerts alone are enough to make a person lose it.

So when someone says, “You know, I just didn’t have the time,” you want to believe them. Because it makes sense. Life has just gotten very busy and more complicated than it has ever been before. Weren't computers and technology supposed to make our lives easier? 

But then you remember that people still make time to go to the movies. They make time to go out to eat. They make time go to the park with their kid. At least they should be! When it comes to observing my own kids, they make time for friends, sitting around on their phones, or lounging and watching TV. Time is available. It may be in short supply for some of us, but it is most definitely available.

I heard a saying once that went like this, “Saying that you didn’t have time to do something is just a less abrasive way of saying that it wasn’t a priority.”

That hit me between the eyes.  Because it’s so very true. I’ve seen this in my kids’ and acquaintances’ actions and I’ve seen it in my own actions. When I’m interested in something and when I really want it, I can typically make it happen. Because it’s a priority. It's a focus and our focus goes where energy flows. Or something like that I'm sure came from Tony Robbins. When I want to get better at one of my hobbies, I obsess a little about it and I make the time for it. 

So when a patient tells me that they haven’t had the time to come in and address that back or neck pain, sometimes that’s true. But many times, if not most, what they’re saying is that it just wasn’t a priority.

If a patient tells me how desperately they want me to help them get out of pain, yet tells me they haven’t had the time to do 5 minutes of exercise daily to help get better, it’s usually because getting rid of the pain wasn’t important enough to make the exercises a priority.

The point is, when it’s important, we make it a priority and we make the time. We get it done.

At Creek Stone Integrated Medical clinic, we recommend a short trial of consistent care combined with at-home exercises and self-management. We give our patients the knowledge and tools to change things. But we cannot make it a priority. One thing I tell patients about exercises is that there is one guarantee on the exercises. That is that they'll do no good whatsoever if you do not take the time to do them. 

Fortunately, most of the time when going to an office like ours, the control is still in the hands of the patient as opposed to a surgeon’s office. Once surgery is necessary, the patient really has no more control or choice. Their choice is no longer theirs. It has been taken out of their hands for the most part. 

The point is, stop using a lack of time as an excuse to not take care of yourself. Take care of yourself on your own timetables, in advance of issues. Instead of waiting until after it’s too late and you no longer have a choice of what is a priority and what is not.

Neuromusculoskeletal issues can be treated and controlled non-surgically. That goes for any patient but certainly when addressed early on.

Make it a priority. Make the time.


Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist, Orthopedic specialist, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast ( Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at

Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.  



Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM

Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM


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