When you think about your typical week, does it seem like you are running from here to there and everywhere…all the time?
Too Much To Do…Too Little Time
Part of this feeling of overwhelm comes from over-committing (at least in my case). We really think we can do more than we can OR we don’t expect things to take as long as they really do. There are always unanticipated snags, delays and other holdups that slow us down. I guess I’ll have to plan better for these.
I know people who will drop everything they are doing to help other people out. That could mean transporting someone somewhere out of the way, taking an elderly relative out to lunch, or the dreaded assistance moving. Luckily this isn’t my problem. But don’t get me wrong, I do respect people who do these good deeds. The world needs them.
I Am Busy
The rudest, most condescending thing you can say to someone is that you are so busy or too busy. We are all one-armed paperhangers- doing too much in our over-scheduled world. What makes you think you are busier than me? That may not be what you mean to say, but that’s what I hear. So be careful.
Dealing With The New State of Chaos
Not everyone is guilty of succumbing to the daily state of chaos. I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for those who are great planners. They minimize the emergencies by getting things done ahead of time. I, on the other-hand, am one of the greatest procrastinators ever!
So as this week begins, I think again and again about planning, mapping, setting and doing today what I know I should not put off until tomorrow.
What about you? Is overwhelmed your new normal or have you found a way to cheat the system?