True Confessions of a Life Coach
Years ago, when my workaholism was at its peak, the common refrain in my annual reviews was “Carla takes on too much, and I’m afraid she’ll get burned out.” And that is exactly what I did!
I’ve come a long way since then. But, lately, I confess that I’ve fallen into old patterns. Let myself get overwhelmed. Taken on too much. While I’ve got good balance in my life now, taking on too much is a mistake I have to guard against.
Sometimes I say “yes” without really thinking through the ramifications. Other times I underestimate how much time something will take…So, what should we do in such a situation?
1. Don’t beat yourself up! Overwhelm is very common.
2. Look for immediate steps to reduce stress.
Can you bow out of any commitments
Delegate tasks to someone else?
Make a process more efficient?
Negotiate for more time?
3. Take time to examine your priorities (just take 1/2 hour).
What are the top 3-5 priorities in your life right now? (personal and work)
How much time are you devoting to these priorities?
How do you feel about that?
Do you want to make any changes to better honor your priorities and values?
If you want to make changes, the place to start is being aware of the choices you make.
While we may not think about it, we make dozens of choices every day. There are only 24 hours in a day, so when we say “yes” to something, we are automatically saying “no” to something else.
As you make choices, ask yourself, “Does this align with my priorities? Does it honor my values?” It may be a good thing, but is it the best way to spend your time? If not, team up with a trusted friend or colleague and brainstorm ways to better honor your values and priorities.