After last week's post about the importance of choosing carefully, a reader reached out to say that she knows she needs to slow down but is having a hard time translating that desire into action. Her work is demanding, she volunteers extensively at her church, she serves on her condo board, and she is training for a marathon. Something has to give, but she doesn't want to give anything up.
I know I have been there - and I imagine you have too. In addition to our work and family obligations we have personal goals we want to meet, activities we enjoy, and a sense of responsibility to give back to the community in some meaningful way. We try so hard to fit everything in that the act of scheduling our obligations can feel like another job in and of itself! And even when we are able to squeeze everything into our calendars, we end up too physically and emotionally drained to experience - let alone enjoy - the activities.
When trying to distinguish how best to use our limited time and energy, it can be helpful to ask ourselves a few questions to distill what is most important. I like how Renee Trudeau approaches this process in a recent blog post. When faced with competing priorities, she encourages us to ask ourselves:
Next time you find yourself overwhelmed, overworked, and/or over-committed, take a moment to consider these questions. The answers just might help you determine what matters most - and establish a more sane and sustainable rhythm.