Sometimes dropping a few balls is the path to getting the most done

“Hey is there any chance you could…”
Sure you know what I can help with that!
Of course, you bet, I would love to help!
Yea, I can take that on, no problem!
I’m pretty slammed this week, but I should be able to get to that next week.
You know what, I know you really need my help, sure!

Working early in the morning with some writing while my two youngest work on homeschool.

Working early in the morning with some writing while my two youngest work on homeschool.

Yep, sure, no problem, you bet, of course! Our culture is one that celebrates busyness. It’s one that praises over committing, one that produces burnout and destroys relationships. 

Time for some honesty here, you are probably doing too much of the stuff that doesn't matter and not enough of the stuff that does. 

Take an honest look at how you have spent the last 90 days, NOT how you intend on spending the next 90, but how you DID spend the previous 90.

Uh, yeah, kind of depressing? Yep, that's what I thought, for most of us it can be. Don’t beat yourself up too bad; we often are not doing what we should to ensure our “actual” matches our “intention.” 

It’s part of the culture; it’s part of the very fabric that weaves us all together. It’s how we, collectively all together, have decided to judge and measure each other. 

It’s sick really, and sad, but it’s also the truth. Which means we shouldn’t be afraid to call it what it is and deal with it. 

It’s time we took back some of our ground. It’s time we were more honest with ourselves about how we spend out time, and whether or not it aligns with our stated values. 

It’s time you took back YOUR time. If you're like me, you’ll find that if you let a few things go, if you learn to say no more often, and more precisely, you’ll trade a bunch of crap you really didn’t even want to do anyway with an explosion of new effectiveness and productivity. 

You’ll invest more in relationships that need investing; you'll spend more time tending to your own needs, your own mental and physical well-being. 

We are all working hard to juggle so many balls in the air it’s a bit ridiculous. 

Look, there’s no getting around we all live busy lives, that in and of itself is not all bad, busy is not always the enemy, but senseless busy is. Doing “stuff” because it called for your attention is not a good reason to do it. 

It might be time to drop a few of those balls. It might be time to let a few fall to the ground so you can really spend time with the rest, so you can investing, on purpose, on the things you feel are actually needed.

Sometimes dropping a few balls is the path to getting the most done. 

Onward,
 
Chris Behnke
 

Inspiration from the Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BTmg3pOD1MU/?taken-by=chrisbehnke

Sometimes dropping a few balls is the path to getting the most done

#Cranking early in the morning with some #writing while my two youngest work on homeschool. #thisishowweroll

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