On Balance

Check In #1: My balance is completely thrown off. 

I was down with the flu for three weeks. I don’t think I have ever been that sick in my life before. Which certainly makes me feel grateful. However, unlike back in school, when your Mom would call your teachers and make sure that you will still be able to catch up, adult life doesn’t stop. As much as you let people know you are out of commission, things just pile up. 

So as I look at my projects I want to complete and need to complete, I have to listen to my advice, and ruthlessly prioritize the things that matter and the things that I would like to complete.

The challenge is also about things that matter to you personally, and critical things that keep life going.

We can be champions at instilling our guilt and pressure. But the truth is you are in the driver’s seat of how much you inflict on yourself. 

So ask yourself some simple questions:

  1. What are the moving pieces that I must keep from spinning out of control?

  2. What projects can I postpone? It may not feel good, but may be necessary to carve out time for catching up on the necessary things.

  3. What activities am I involved in or want to engage with that are “nice to have's” but not “necessary.” Are you trying just to be an overachiever? What are you compensating for? Sometimes we subconsciously put too much on our plate. That way we can procrastinate on things we actually must face.

The practical approach I have read up on a few years back on figuring this situation is the book “The One Thing.” Check out their site here.

So I leave you with a quote:

“What's the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”-Gary Keller