This super mom (daughter of Richard and Linda Eyre - if you know them) just shared the same thoughts recently and I thought I would share. Precarious Balancing Act She talks about some upcoming events and says, "I think what it comes down to is BALANCE. Balance is such a lovely concept, but such a hard thing to really find, don't you think? Balance requires TIME for prioritizing and re-prioritizing and self-assessment. It requires setting and sticking to boundaries. And just when you think you've got things balanced quite decently, some new thing gets dropped in your lap and you're off-kilter again."
She suggests looking over the week in advance and considering the question - What are the Best things I can do this week? And then creating a list of other action items that need to be done but are not necessarily essential to be done this week.
She also poses these questions:
- Does this really matter? To me? To others? To my overall goals?
- Do I WANT to do this?
- Does this really need to be done by ME? Am I really the best person to do it?
- Would this be the BEST thing for me to devote time and effort to NOW?
- What will I NOT do so that I can do this?
- Can I do this in a simpler way? Is it worth doing well or just barely worth doing? Thoreau said: “Our lives are frittered away by detail, simplify, simplify.”
I can tell you - that lately - there hasn't been much THOUGHT put into what I am doing. It is a list of times and places and I go.
Here goes another week. Plenty can't change and I don't really want it to. I really think it is fun to be at each of the kids games. But there are some things I can do BETTER in the other hours of the day.