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Saturday, January 16, 2016

9 Signs You're Over-Scheduled

I have a confession to make. This post was supposed to have been written and scheduled so it would publish early this morning.


The fact that I didn't get it done on time underscored a truth that I already knew. I'm over-scheduled.

So I thought I'd discuss that issue today since I suspect that I'm not alone in feeling that way.

10 Signs You're Over-Scheduled

1. You slip up and forget to follow through on an obligation.

2. You wake up dreading the day because there's so much to do.

3. You have breakfast--a cup of coffee and whatever is fast and easy--at the computer because you need to dive right in.

4. You feel pressed for time so you just skim email and delete rather than take time to actually read and respond.

5. You eat lunch at your desk because you can't take at least 30 minutes away because your computer will explode from the volume of email and social media requests.

6. You long to write more but you keep getting sucked in by requests to which you feel you must agree.

7. You long to read more, but never have the time.

8. You never have time to sit and do nothing. If you're watching TV, you're on the laptop.

9. At the end of the day, you feel depressed because you didn't accomplish enough even though you worked from sun-up to sun-down.

Bottom Line

Now, what's the underlying truth? You're focused on the wrong thing. You've forgotten that you have a real life involving real people rather than online relationships.

Your focus should be on the writing, not the tasks that can be done after the writing is completed. The writing time should be protected and not frittered away. Believe it or not, your world won't implode if you place a lower priority on social media, group activities, and email.

By the same token, your personal life should be protected too. Personal relationships and fun nourish the soul.

Find your priorities and tackle the most important first. Do the best you can. At the end of the day, leave your office and enjoy your personal life.

Takeaway Truth

It's easy to get caught up and feel you have to do it all, but there is something very important to remember. Despite all the propaganda to the contrary, no one can do it all. Do what you can and tackle it again tomorrow.

Post Script

In Romeo and Judy Anne, high school principal Judy Anne Palmer is overwhelmed by all of her business and personal obligations. That's a contributing factor for the uncharacteristic action she takes the night she meets Roman Carlisle.

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  1. Words to remember! Thanks for sharing this.

    P.S. - love your title.

    1. Thank you, Barbara, for taking the time to leave a comment.


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