Too busy, overworked?? You may have overbooked yourself

Life has become incredibly fast-paced! I know I’m showing my age, but I remember a time when internal company communication was via memo in a large brown envelope which took hours if not most of the day to get to the recipient’s in-tray. Yes, in-tray not inbox. How things have changed, now we just press ‘send’.

Work and life have become about instant action and reaction. If you want to know something you send a quick email and depending on the situation you may even expect a reply back immediately, regardless of what the other person was doing at the time. Does this sound familiar?

With technology, multiple people across the world are in a conversation simultaneously. A phone is no longer just for making contact, it’s our contact to the world and information is at our finger tips. With so much information and choices available, it’s so easy to fill our lives. It’s easy to get caught up in the interaction that technology allows.

Are you overloading your schedule?

If you take a really good look at all the ‘busyness’ in your life, you start to realise that most of it is your choice.

We choose what we bring into our lives. Some things are our activities of daily living, responsibilities and commitments to work, family, children. But there are all the extra things that we bring in, the ‘extra stuff’ that turns life from living to surviving.

What extra stuff are you bringing into your life? Are you booking too many appointments or meetings?

Do you sometimes feel that everything needs to be done NOW, or as in my case YESTERDAY? Maybe it’s time to take a step back and re-examine your priorities.

The best piece of advice that was given to me years ago and which I have lived by since is: “Take care of the important things and the urgent things take care of themselves.” This works!

Consciously choosing what you do and when brings a certain order and control into your day. It also makes you less susceptible to the ‘busyness’ of others.

Keeping in a journal helps you reflect on your day and prioritise - so that you can decide what should stay and what should go and how you want to go forward. I start my day with contemplating on “My intention for today is ….”
Prioritising makes it easier to say 'no'. It may be easy to let some things go, but others may require more planning. Being conscious of who and what you allow into your life gives you better sense of direction and ownership over your time and your life.

"I am a busy person!" - Is this your 'honour' badge?

Be careful not to wear ‘busy’ as a trophy or for it to become your standard response.

Its so easy to identify with ‘busyness’ - to make you feel alive, productive and worthwhile.

Do you return home to the question: “How was your day?” and your immediate response is “Busy, really busy.” – is this you? - it certainly was me!

When you say the word ‘busy’ – what thoughts and feelings come up for you?

Busy has a sense of activity but also a level of stress. An active lifestyle does not need to be stressful. The difference is how you view the activity. Where there is joy, purpose and passion there is no stress, but there can be a lot of activity!

So you have 2 choices:

  • Do only what brings you joy, purpose and passion, or
  • Bring acceptance, joy, purpose and passion into what you do

5 Ways to get some control back in your life 

Most of us pack too much into our day and our lives. If you are feeling always too busy to do the things that you love, overworked or stressed about the pace of your life, take some time out to consider the following:

  1. How can I simplify my life?
  2. What are the important things in my life and work right NOW?
  3. Learn to say ‘NO’ but also learn to say ‘YES’
  4. What is my attitude towards my work and my family commitments?
  5. How can I bring joy, purpose and passion into my day?


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