My wife and I definitely have one area where we need more practice simplifying. That area is simplifying our time management. A while back my wife has come to me and said I just feel so overwhelmed with all of the things I need to do. To which I replied
Stop doing so much!
She looked at me quizzically and then we walked her though everything she had been working on lately. This got her to realize that being on a couple of organizations boards, volunteering every other week, working 50+ hours a week, and doing additional work on the side may be to much. Granted she still volunteers quite a bit and is still on the boards but she has cut back at work some and only does 1 or 2 side projects at a time. Just taking notice of how much you do or try to do can help you figure out why you are overwhelmed.
What got me thinking about this for myself was last week Thursday, I already had quite a busy day planned. Doctors visit, work, friend’s bachelor party. Overall a semi-busy day but very manageable. Then 2 days before Thursday I got the opportunity to take a certification exam for free. In the middle of the day. They said to plan 4 hours for the exam. Earliest I could get in for the exam was 10 am. Doctors appointment was at 1:30 … 45 min away from the testing site. Did I say no I can’t do the test? Of course not, that would be the sensible thing to do. So I spent the next 2 days worried about how I was going to fit it all in. In the long run, the test only took me about an hour and a half so I was even able to stop home and check work emails before heading to the doctors. Was it really worth stressing out for 2 days? Probably not.
Before you sign up for just one more thing, think about all of the other stuff you already have going on. If it is too much then don’t sign up for that one more thing and stop doing so much!
Originally posted on my old blog SimpleLike.me (Note:old domain may now be offline)