Monday, April 27, 2009

Am I Too Busy, Or Am I Just Blowing You Off?

Everyone is busy.  No one person is more busy than the other, we just choose to be busy with different things.  If you are "too busy" to do something it just means that it isn't your priority.  I heard someone say this today and it made sense.  It made sense in that slap across the face, lightbulb, OMG I'm a loser, kind of way.

I've been very busy lately.  Too busy.  I need to figure out how to be less busy.  I haven't been able to get my book club reading done because I've been so busy.  I forgot to go to the library last week for my library hour.  I have a stack of camp forms that need to be filled out.  I have checks from a month ago that I haven't deposited.  I have been planning to clean my car - forever.  I completely spaced my kindergarten "helping parent" time last Wednesday.  I have a "To Do" list a mile long and my house is in complete disarray.   

Well, have I been too busy?  Or have I just not made these things a priority?

I'm not this irresponsible flaky person that I have become.  This is an overwhelming feeling.  It can't possibly be acceptable that so many things are not a priority.  It's all a priority, isn't it?  Shouldn't it be?

How will I prioritize so many things?  Where do I start?  I have no idea.  

Obviously, my kids and family should be first.... that pretty much covers all the stuff I need to prioritize.  OYE VEY!

How do you set your priorities? 


19 Responses to "Am I Too Busy, Or Am I Just Blowing You Off?"
  1. Stesha said...
    April 27, 2009 at 6:07 AM

    That makes total sense. My husband always says that you make time for the things that you love or want to do.

    Hugs and Mocha,

  2. Chelle said...
    April 27, 2009 at 6:52 AM

    Family always comes first. I try to maintain some sense of organization by keeping a very well-organized day planner; writing lists seems to keep me on track and, by prioritizing the lists, I am able to accomplish the most important things first.

    You know, on a good day; the rest of the time I just rock back and forth in a corner talking to myself. Most productive.

  3. Crazee Juls said...
    April 27, 2009 at 6:56 AM

    wow, you took the words right out of my mouth--this is how I feel right now...

  4. Margo said...
    April 27, 2009 at 7:10 AM

    I am cautiously optimistic about my new online planner... it's called ... you can set goals, with projects and tasks as sub groups, and get emails every morning with things like your next priorities. I'm not so sure about using it for a calendar - I'm massively challenged in this area - but I really like the big picture and the nitty gritty together.

  5. Lori Lavender Luz said...
    April 27, 2009 at 7:33 AM

    I am overly motivated by checking things off my list.

    So I will sometimes do the quick things ahead of the important things.

    And example of how NOT to prioritize.

    BTW -- I have Lamb on my list, too!

  6. Anjanette Young said...
    April 27, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    I have made several attempts and prioritizing sometimes I just get lost in the day. Heck my day prioritizes me...

    Did you say OYE VEY?!!!

  7. Veronica Lee said...
    April 27, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    My priorities are all wrong.
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  8. Paging Doctor Mommy said...
    April 27, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    I always feel the SAME way! But I usually feel even worse because when I start thinking about what it is that is keeping me so "busy" that I can't get anything done, I usually can't even come up with anything substantial that is keeping me so busy!

  9. Stacie said...
    April 27, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    I think some days are easier than others when it comes to prioritizing. I know it is a battle many of us face though.

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    Happy Monday!

  10. Michelle said...
    April 27, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    I was going to suggest a list because lists motivate me but it sounds like they don't work too well for you. Ask someone in your family to annoy the hell out of you until you complete any given task, then you'll get it down real quick b/c you won't want to listen to that person dutifully (and prob happily) annoy you anymore! lol

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  11. Heather said...
    April 27, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    I've been incredibly busy lately, too! Ugh. I think I've prioritized just be being in 'fly by the seat of my pants' mode. And, that's simply not working for the sanity!

  12. Jennifer said...
    April 27, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    I usually start my week off with priorities set, but for whatever reason (because life is chaotic), things switch in the blink of an eye and then I'm all mixed up. Puh-leeze. I need to just hire an assistant. Then they can prioritize for me!

  13. Kathy B! said...
    April 27, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    This is a very provocative topic. I honestly think I prioritize based on who or what is screaming the loudest.

  14. Jewel Allen said...
    April 28, 2009 at 6:08 AM

    Some days, I feel like I am so busy I am not even aware of what I have forgotten that day.

    It's those kinds of days I need to step back and take a deep breath.

    I can totally relate with you.

  15. zelzee said...
    April 28, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    Prioritizing and organizing is always #1 on my New years resolutions.
    Lasts until about Jan. 12....

    And you would think it would be easier with the kids grown and gone........wrong!

  16. Amy_Girl In Paradise said...
    April 28, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    I feel like this all the time! Laundry, work, dinner, soccer, church, blogging, friends, family time, sex. Oops, Ive actually been too busy for the sex, well, too tired from all the busy.

  17. Coffee with Cathy said...
    April 28, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    This is a topic we all of us always have on our minds. When I have what seems like an endless to-do list, I need to feel as if I'm in control of it. And that means making a chronological timeline: What needs to be done in the next hour? In the next five hours? In the next 24 hours? That helps me get a handle on the chaos -- and get some stuff done. Works for me, anyway. And I think that's the most important thing: Figuring out what works for you, and doing it.

  18. Jenn@ The Crazies said...
    April 29, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    See, I am so busy I am just getting to this post now... I hear ya.. I always start w/ my family and job then branch out!

  19. Rebecca Anne said...
    April 29, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    The last thing I do every night is make a list for the next day. It usually isn't a huge list and it keeps things in priority perspective. Plus, for some reason I feel a sense of accomplishment as I start to check things off the next day.
    Honestly, the biggest struggle I have in online time. These days, Because of the challenge I signed myself up for, I write first thing in the morning, but visiting everyone's blogs is my challenge to work in. I've sorta adopted a visit everyone on a rotating schedule and do a mass catch up because I DON"T want to miss anything in anyone elses journal. (which looks a bit like comment spam like I've been doing to you right now) But, it seems to keep my time manageable.
    Kids, hubby first. Everything else falls around~


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