Monday, August 19, 2013

Too many irons in the fire.

Last week I was talking with a friend, who happens to also be my daycare provider and I was telling her about all of the new things I have going on. She laughed and said it sounded like I had "lots of irons in the fire." I agreed, and added that there were too many, actually, and that they'll probably put it on my tombstone.

You see, I have this terrible habit of forgetting that I'm human and not Superwoman. I overbook, over-commit and overestimate my time. Can I do it all? Nope. Time and again, I've proven that to myself. So why do I always think I can?

Maybe the issue isn't so much that I think I can do it all, but rather that I want to do it all. I set these goals and make these promises to myself that I will fit everything in, but at the end of the day, my hours only contain 60 minutes, and my minute is only 60 seconds, just like everyone else's. I burn my candle at both ends, sometimes sacrificing sleep (and if you know me, you know that is one of my ultimate sacrifices) and often sacrificing downtime with my husband and son. And why? When I accomplish one of my goals or finish a big project, it feels good, but not great. I usually feel burned-out and apathetic. Glad to have something crossed off of my to-do list, but looking ahead at the next looming deadline.

I think it's time for me to stop the glorification of "busy" and re-organize my priorities. It's time to find some balance and make more time for the things that really matter.

Does this happen to you too? What do you do when you hit your breaking point and it's time to re-evaluate your priorities and commitments?

1 comment:

  1. Learn to say "NO" Jessie, particularly to yourself. I used to think I needed and could do it all, especially when my kids were all in school and there was PTA, Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts, Soccer, Baseball and Softball. One night my kids said to me that I was doing so much for "them" that I was never home with "them". That drew me up short and started dropping things. You don't have to be superwoman, no one is, you just have to be a wife and mom first, the rest is just dessert and we don't need much of that. xoxo