Sometimes life gets crazy for all of us. In those crazy times you have a million things going on, and usually those things are all going on at once. Women especially are known for trying to keep up with everything: the kids’ activities, the household chores, the grocery shopping, all that’s going on at work, being a good wife or girlfriend, being a good friend…and the list goes on and on.
This last week I was working hard to keep up with all the tasks on my list when I had an ah ha moment. You know those moments when you are going along with life and all the sudden BAM right in the middle of your day you get a revelation. These ah ha moments usually come in the midst of the craziest times in life when you have the least amount of time for them.
My ah ha moment this week was no exception. I had a lot of tasks to complete and very little time to actually get them done. I was running from the time I got up each morning until I laid my head down on the pillow at night. I was working like mad to get caught up on things that had been piling up. I was overwhelmed by all that was on my list. As I would review my list I would say to myself, “I’m never going to get caught up again.” I was exhausted from the things I had been working to accomplish and by the long task list itself.
I was giving up everything to accomplish my tasks. My body was screaming to me that I needed to exercise. It was also saying I should take the time to eat a good meal and get some rest. I didn’t listen. I couldn’t listen because I didn’t have time to listen I had stuff to get done. My dog wanted a walk but I didn’t have time. Friends called and I let them go to voicemail because I was busy getting things done.
Does this sound familiar to you? Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever been so overwhelmed by what you needed to accomplish that it was all you could see?
As a woman you are probably really good at having a long task list. You may be great at having more to accomplish than there are hours in the day. When my ah ha moment popped up in the middle of my craziness this week I remembered a few key points about being busy.
When you are so busy being busy, you miss what is important! Stop and think about this for a minute. Think about times in your life that you gave up what really matters to you because you were busy checking tasks off your “to do” list.
When you get busy take the time to evaluate your task list and compare it to what is important, your priorities will be different than when you just jump into accomplishing things on your task list. Many times prioritizing your list with what is important will help you feel less overwhelmed because there are items on your task list you can postpone or even delete because they are not really a priority.
Many times you can get so driven by your task list you actually accomplish less. If you take the time to step away from your tasks and recharge yourself, the energy boost you receive makes you more effective.
Next time you feel overwhelmed by all you need to get done, take the time to think and feel this. Pause in the midst of your busy time and remember what is important, and then use what is important to determine how you attack the many tasks you need to accomplish.
Have you been caught in the being busy mode and lost sight of what was important? How do you handle the crazy times? Be a part of our sisterhood by sharing your comments. We learn and grow when you share.