There is no alternative to prayer, you will never have prayed until you have prayed and also you will never be able to receive the benefits and blessedness of prayer until having prayed.
Those who have experienced the blessedness of a prayerful life would never want to depart from it and if ever even for a brief moment they were to be seperated from prayer they would feel the dryness and the bitterness of a prayless life.
This is what happened to Jesus as He prayed...
"As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening." Luke 9:29 (NKJV)
In the Old Testament we find Moses's face shining with radiance after having prayed to the Lord.
Our face will inherit the resemblance of the light to which we are facing and our continual pleasure in tarrying in prayer will illumine our life like that of the Lord.
The blessedness of prayer can never be explained as it can be only experienced and known.
We do have time and that's what we need to pray, we need to spend the available time with the Lord, speaking to Him and listening from Him.
However many complain that they do not have time, the great prayer warrior George Muller once said, "I never find time for prayer, I have to take my time out for prayer."
All our efforts without prayer will keep us so busy that we will never finish our work and find time to pray.
However if we pray first and then head to do all, we will have a perfect day.
Some said, "Let not the day decide your time for prayer, let your time for prayer decide your day."
I enjoy praying, be it sharing my joy & sorrows with the Lord, be it my repentance for having hurt God or anything, for I am never fully at peace unless having prayed.
I never want to be insensitive to the need of prayer as the devil wants many of us to be, to be dead to prayer. I want to enjoy the prayer life and feel the pain when I am not praying, I want to keep the praying man in me alive & healthy always, i want to pray.