Getting My Priorities in Order
Earlier this week, I was complaining to John that I didn’t feel good about myself because I knew I was overcommitted. For me, overcommitting means I do everything but nothing gets 100% of my energy. In Janelle-terms, that’s called half-assing things. I don’t want to and don’t mean to but it’s just not humanly possible for me to do everything I want to do… and yet stupidly, I try.
Here’s what’s on my plate:
- A full-time job
- A Saturday job for five hours which really needs me to devote ten hours
- Blogging five times per week
- Taking a flexible online course
- Playing soccer twice per week
- Wanting to do something about not being happy with my body
- Visiting my Grandpa at least once per week but shooting for twice
- Keeping up with friends and family
I must be insane because I am continually trying to add to that list, while not being able to properly manage the current things there! If I ever tell you that I’m juggling all of those things plus wanting to plan a wedding or have a baby, oh for the love of all things sprinkled, please plan an intervention. If you sprinkle the path to the rehab facility, I will gladly go. Promise.
When I talked to John about overcommitting myself, he said I needed to prioritize better. I knew he was right (holy crap I just wrote that publicly for all of the internet!) because everything I’ve read says not to say “I don’t have time for that” but instead say “That’s not a high enough priority right now.”
The troubling thing is: I don’t know how to get my priorities in order. Almost all of the above list feels equally weighted and lined up at the Extremely Important mark. I need the money from my jobs, I love blogging and playing soccer, the online course is an investment in my future, addressing my body issues will help with everything else I’m doing, I only have a few months left with my Grandpa, and I can’t exactly neglect my friends and family. I already schedule out my time using the Sunrise calendar app so…
There has to be something I’m missing. What am I doing wrong? What tips do you have for prioritizing and scheduling/managing time? How do I squeeze everything in or how do I know what to cut? I need your wise and brilliant perspective. Share it with me, won’t you?