I have a bad habit of overfilling my schedule. Of seeing empty space in my calendar and trying to fill in every possible moment. It's been a bad habit of mine for a long time.
Usually what this means is I end up running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I rush from one thing to another, trying to figure out how to be at multiple places at once. And usually, I look at my schedule for the upcoming week and end up being tired even before it starts.
Does this happen to you too? Overfilling your schedule. Overbooking yourself. Overdoing it.
I can tell you it's not a good place to be. I hate having days where I am literally running from one appointment or meeting to the next. And lately, it seems like many of my days are like that.
It. Is. Exhausting.
It doesn't serve any purpose to fill day after day like this. Every now and again is one thing. But when you make it a habit, you end up burnt out, unhappy, and unmotivated.
I go through these periods where I'll overbook myself and run myself into the ground trying to make it all happen. And then I literally want to do NOTHING.
It's actually super counterproductive.
Sometimes what we need is to do less and just be. Take the rest, quit running around like a chicken with your head cut off, and STOP overbooking yourself. Just because you have time in your calendar doesn't mean EVERY last second needs to be filled.
This is a hard lesson for me...one that I tend to have to learn over and over again.
I wish I could say that I don't do this, but sometimes DOING becomes more important than just being. And yes, sometimes it is a necessity to fill your schedule back to back. But it is definitely not something you should do each and every day.
Here's the thing...if someone offers a date and time that doesn't work for you, you are allowed to say it doesn't work for you and offer another date and time. You don't have to say yes simply to appease someone else.
I know it often feels like if you don't take that first date and time that it will never work out. But I promise, it does. Everyone is busy. Everyone has a calendar. And everyone will make it work for them.
Don't overbook yourself to appease someone else. Don't run yourself into the ground for the sake of saying YES to everyone and everything.
I know I need this reminder often too, but please remember that you HAVE to take care of yourself before you can effectively take care of anyone else or handle anything on your plate. If you are run down or not feeling 100%, nothing else will get your 100% either.
Allow yourself some downtime during the week, or better yet, during each day. It doesn't have to be a lot of time, but time where you literally do nothing else. Meditate. Read a pleasure book. Have a good cup of coffee enjoying the sunrise. Or a good glass of wine enjoying the sunset.
Take time to just BE.
That's my goal heading into this next week. I've added in morning intentions and gratitudes, but now it's time to add in some meditation during the day. My goal is to start with 10 minutes a day. Something short so I don't overwhelm myself. But time to just be. To not focus on DOING.
What about you? Do you have any goals for this week? Especially if you are guilty of DOING all the time. I'd love to hear them!
Enjoy your week. Take some time to just BE. Take some time for you.
With love and wellness,