taking on too much

Are you someone who tries to do too much? I sure am. Lately I feel like one of those clowns who is trying to juggle so many objects that she can’t keep track of all of them. The balls, pins, and whatever other objects fly out into the audience, where they are forever lost.

I should know better, right? Years ago, I worked with a life coach who had me put an elephant on my desk. I forget exactly why an elephant, but it was supposed to remind me to do less. The elephant is still on my desk – 20150503_213823but to be honest I hardly ever look at it. It’s lovely and even has colorful pinwheels in it, but I ignore it! I just keep taking on as much, no more, than I can handle.

A discussion on facebook about signing up for an online writing course sparked this post and made me wonder if there’s a cure. More than likely, I won’t have time to finish this course. I’m already behind and we’re just finishing the first week. I have excuses, but I’m also realizing that I didn’t need to add anything else to my to-do list. It looked so delicious and it’s FREE! How can I resist, except that I have deadlines coming up quickly, and I’m trying to write and edit stories for an anthology of my own short stories, help market Mosaic, get in shape for the summer bicycling season, and then there’s the day job. Oh, and I’m trying to design a WEB site for my author stuff, and well, I think I’m seriously becoming embarrassed, so I’ll stop listing the huge amount of things I’ve taken on, all of which were derailed this weekend by social commitments.

The only defense I have is that every single one of these things is important to me. Very important. Life-giving and exciting and interesting and many other wonderful adjectives. I want to do it all. And I would, if only there were twice as many hours in each day. Unfortunately, something will fall through the cracks, and it’s up to me to decide what that will be. In my opinion, though, prioritize is a dirty word.

What about you? Leave me a comment, and I promise to respond.


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  1. #1 by lavariverwriter on May 5, 2015 - 7:00 am

    You make me laugh, Ann. Promising to answer every comment guarantees more activities for you. You are hereby excused from answering this comment. I certainly understand your dilemma. It’s always a struggle to balance life so that I have the right number of things going on to engage my interest . . . without tipping me over the edge. (As you know, I passed up that free course. Whew! One less elephant.)

    • #2 by Ann Stanley on May 5, 2015 - 5:22 pm

      🙂 Liz! As soon as I start to feel a small gap in my schedule, I shove another activity into it. Or maybe I just don’t know how to say no.

  2. #3 by Mirel Abeles on May 4, 2015 - 12:51 pm

    Oh, Ann, this could so easily have been written by me (minus the elephant)! Any holes that miraculously appear seem to get filled so quickly! But so far the course is not taking up too much time. It’s just everything else…

    • #4 by Ann Stanley on May 4, 2015 - 1:52 pm

      I wondered. I was thinking of you as I wrote this, Mirel. 😉

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