STYLE Savvy: But I DON'T Love to be Busy!

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Are you in an area where the end of the school year is fast approaching?

Yeah. Me too.

If so, perhaps you’re finding yourself trapped in a busyness cycle. Although I love to be busy isn’t my primary style, I do sometimes bite off a tad more than I can chew. Other times, an overwhelming buffet is set out before me and, although I want to be grateful, it’s a challenge.

Busyness is a fact of life and, when it happens, things pile up. If you’re like me, even making a list of things to do can be stressful because that means admitting everything that has to be done. And then, there it is staring up at me, filling the page in a somewhat threatening manner. I can practically see it sticking its tongue out and waggling its hands beside its ears.

If lists had ears, that is.

As I see it, there are three ways to dig out when you’re overwhelmed.

All at once. Pick a time, grit your teeth and power through. Give yourself a little leeway if you can by setting aside more time than you think you’ll need, and don’t despair if you don’t make it all the way to the bottom of the list. You’re aiming for progress, not perfection.

A little at a time. No big chunks of time available? Five minutes here and fifteen minutes there can still lead to progress. It’s slower going, so the piles linger and the to-do lists stay long for longer, but sometimes, it’s the only option. Again, you’re aiming for progress, not perfection.

The delegation plan. Is all of this really yours to do? Hand off what you can hand off (and be willing to accept the manner in which the person you delegated the job to does the job) and tackle the rest using one of the plans above. And hey, progress is still progress whether you did it yourself or assigned it to someone else.

If you, like me, have been here before, you’ve probably learned that what’s important gets done and what falls through the cracks might just have landed exactly where it belongs. Take it one step at a time and forge your path. And, if it doesn’t all get done…

Tomorrow is another day.


Copyright 2018 Lisa Hess

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Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at Catholicmom.com. She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

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