I had a conversation with someone recently and they told me that they felt like they were drowning in everything that they had to do. They pointed out that they were not being lazy, but they just never felt like they were getting things done or moving forward. With my current work situation I constantly feel swamped between different projects, deadlines, and responsibilities. I totally understand this feeling, and I have learned three things about myself when I am feeling like I am drowning. I will share those three things with you, I am sure there are more things, and you can feel free to add them in the comments below, but for me, these are the three most common reasons why I become overwhelmed in the sea of responsibilities that I have.
I Have Been Lazy
I know that is exactly what people do not want to be associated with, especially when it comes to work and responsibilities. Trust me, I am NOT saying that YOU have been lazy, I am saying that I have been lazy. Sometimes when I am feeling like I am drowning, it is simply because I have not been doing what needs to be done. I know you would never be lazy, but lets just pretend that you were, once. When we are lazy, it is easy to get discouraged about the piles of responsibility that continue to add up while we are not doing anything. For me, when I am getting overwhelmed there is a chance that I have been lazy.
I Have Wrong Priorities
Ok, so that first one was tough, but this one is equally destructive. Often times we are very busy doing things that done matter, and overlooking, or simply closing our eyes to the more important things that need to get done. When my priorities are wrong, I find myself distracted by things that don’t matter, and this means that the things that do matter continue to get neglected. Just this morning, I looked at my task list and realized that very likely all of the things that I need to accomplish today will not be finished, so I quickly prioritized everything so that the most important things are not dropped. It takes just a few minutes, but it keeps my head above the water.
I Am Not Organized
So, this is the last one, even when I am not Lazy, and when I know what is most important, sometimes I do not get the most important task done. Why? I have no clue what it is, or where it is, or why I need to do it in the first place. My wife just repeated to me a quote this week that we heard way back in college: “Organize or Agonize”. If I feel like my life and responsibilities are out of control then it is likely because I am not organized. When I take the time each week and each day to read through my projects, tasks, and next steps, I feel so much better about everything. Take the time to collect everything you are responsible for and then organize it into smaller steps, put those steps on a task list or a calendar and then get to work.
If you are like me and you sometimes find yourself struggling to stay above the water line, then do some honest searching and determine if one of these three things in your life may be the reason. Thanks for reading, share your reasons below!