Monday, May 21, 2007

The struggle for balance....

Time is a funny thing. In the past tense, it’s a state of being – a point of reference. In the active tense, it’s a living and breathing thing that needs to be managed.
Sometimes, I’m just not good at managing my personal time.

I often try to be all things to all people, and don’t always know when to say “no”. It’s something I’m working on, and sometimes I’m successful at it; other times, not so much.

It’s not really the issue of me of being a “people pleaser”, as much as it is an issue of knowing and acknowledging my own limitations. Or maybe accounting other factors into the equation of estimating time needed to accomplish things. It’s funny because in work, I overestimate my time so as to always come in under schedule. In my personal life, I tend to undercut my time and sometimes have conflicts or overlaps. It’s not entirely my fault when that happens –often life overlaps in general, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Sometimes it’s a combination of both. That’s where I feel less comfortable because I may have either overcommitted myself, or underestimated my time.

Life is busy. And it’s not going to get any easier, any time soon. So I need to become better organized....more focused.

And buy myself a daily planner to try to keep my normally quiet life -- a little less hectic this summer.


David Sullivan said...

You are not alone. I struggle with time management constantly and the person I neglect the most is myself. (Except for the occasional "scheduled" day to golf or go to the Pats or Sox)

martie said...

It took me several years of over-extending myself before I learned to say "NO"! And sometimes, not often, but sometimes, I still do it! Hugs!!!!