I’m learning something about myself this year–I have a really bad habit of not saying no. When an organization talks to me about volunteering, I tend to say yes. There are so many causes I want to be involved in, all worthy. From coaching help, to school volunteering, to heading up a committee at church, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and stretched to my limit. I have no one to blame but myself.
I think I got myself into this mess this year because, with both kids at school now, I feel like I have more time and therefore I should use my time for good. A just belief, no doubt. But when you begin to spread yourself thin, you’re not doing anyone much good. I’m not as productive with work as I’d like to be. I have less energy. I’m not accomplishing all the things I’d like to at home (all those closets I thought I’d get to this year).
So it’s time to take a good hard look at what I can and can’t do, what’s important and what’s not. In the end I need to make some cuts (I feel like a politician) and not worry about whose toes I step on in the process. Guilt is a bad emotion and I need to shake it. The goal is to come out the other end a better servant to those organizations I do stay involved with, as well as to have more to give to my life in general.
I’m guessing I’m not alone in this “yesitis” syndrome. How do you all manage it?
Onto the winner of my CSN gift card. Random.org selected Jason from Life of an Aspiring Triathlete. Jason’s blog is full of good interviews and delicious recipes–go check it out. Congrats Jason!