Sometimes, you just gotta' learn to say yes to the right and important things, and no to the others. For many, many years, my Mom was telling me that I was going to run myself to death. I would find myself many days literally running to get everything done that I needed to get done each day. There were even some days that I would tell my kids to hurry it up with whatever they were doing so we could get finished up and move onto what needed to be done next (something I am not proud of, but I had so much to do, and at that time I felt like I had no choice).
When life became this busy, I realized that it was time for a change!
The busier I became the less I was able to focus on my priorities and on who and what is important to me. I, of course, did not like this, so I decided it was time for a change. I had to get my priorities in line, and stop rushing through life.
While I wanted to be the one to do the majority of the housecleaning, laundry, cooking, etc., I wanted to be the one to be the care taker of our family, I found that I was hardly ever home to be able to do that, as I was working full-time. I would find myself praying to God to help me better manage my time. Then, finally, I was offered a job opportunity that is part-time, that allows me to do first and foremost what I need to do for my family (as well as myself), and I wouldn't have to be in a run and rush through life anymore. I accepted that job opportunity, and it has proven to be the best decision that I could've made for our family.
Sometimes having a full schedule is a blessing, but having an overflowing schedule is not. Time is a precious gift, and I want to make sure I don't rush it away, and I want to always keep my priorities in line...God, family and friends, then myself.
Freeing up some of the things on my to-do list, saying no to the less important things, has helped me to set my priorities straight. God, family and friends, then myself. I'm not rushing anymore. I don't have a full planner or calendar, but I have just enough on my to-do list to help me manage my time wisely.