Last night I was whiny, whiny … trying to figure out how to get it all done because I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed by my schedule. I was getting freaked out and my husband said something so brilliant that I just had to share. He said … go to bed. You’ll think more clearly in the morning.
My internal response was … Wah. I’m so behind. I’ll never catch up!!!
But I went ahead to bed. Yep, in bed by 9:23 pm last night. (I love bed.) And guess what? He was right. I am thinking more clearly this morning. So clearly, in fact, I am sharing all clearness with you!
Here’s what I realized this bright, beautiful, clear morning:
We have responsibilities.
(responsibility 1. Something for which one is responsible; a duty, obligation, or burden. 2. a person or thing for which one is responsible)
And we have opportunities.
(opportunities: 1. a favourable, appropriate, or advantageous combination of circumstances 2. a chance or prospect)
In order to get our heads on straight and see clearly, we need to re-establish boundaries. In essence, fence things in and fence things out.
On one side: My responsibilities. These are the things that I need to prioritize. They need prominent attention. Feeding my family. Doing the laundry. Accomplishing tasks at work.
On the other side: My opportunities. These are the things that I might be able to accomplish, given necessary free time. Watching American Idol. Sifting through Facebook. Shopping.
I think my problem is that I mix all the opportunities in with the responsibilities (ie: Facebooking while online researching for my writing) and then the time is sucked out of my day and the nighttime becomes … Wah. I’m so behind. I’ll never catch up!!!
Do you have those freaky moments like me? What are you mixing up that creates the “Wah. I’m so behind. I’ll never catch up!!”